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About the SeriesThe SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.Key Concepts in Education provides students with over 100 essential themes, topics and expressions that Education students are likely to encounter, both during their courses and beyond in professional practice. Co-authored to draw on experiences of working within academia, local authorities and the classroom, the entries provide:a definition of the concepta description of the historical and practical contextan explanation of how the concept is appliedan evaluation of the concepthelpful references and suggested further readingThis book will be essential reading for students of Education, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers. About the AuthorsFred Inglis is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield. Lesley Aers is a senior member of a local authority school improvement service and an Ofsted inspector. Both authors are former schoolteachers.  


On the face of it, beauty is a simple and enormously important idea. Neither its simplicity nor its importance should be obscured for a moment. For people readily say that someone or something – a baby, a view, a creature, a line of poetry, a melody, an action – is beautiful, and say so without affectation, but as naming something obvious and delightful.

So when aestheticians and educationists make, as they sometimes do, weary weather of the concept of beauty, we need to keep in mind the simple and accurate use of the word in everyday conversation. No doubt people also say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, and there are indeed endless and absorbing arguments about whether something is beautiful or ...

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