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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.  


Given how frequently this concept is invoked to explain behaviour on either side of the contested classroom, it is surprising how little thought it has been given. John Berger suggests that it be understood as ‘an awareness of the slow death of one's faculties’, but this seems a bit protracted for school life. Medieval moralists named ‘accedia’ a mortal sin, and by this seemed to mean a despairing failure to find God's meaning in life. French symbolist poets of the late nineteenth century led by Baudelaire wrote of the ennui they suffered, which transpired in their poems as a kind of attitudinal listlessness towards the sameness of life's events, the dreary predictability of their emotions, and above all towards the moronic respectability and dull ...

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