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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.  


To show all students how to aim at a career became a prime and proud function of schools throughout the wealthy parts of the Western world after the end of World War II. Until 1939, in a country with very different systems of production, British schools largely expected to disperse their pupils to local industries and services according to the customs and expectations of neighbourhood and social class at a time when those were more settled and taken-for-granted than they are nowadays. Equality of opportunity wasn't at that time such a powerful political value, and as the subsequently notorious Norwood Report of 1939 put it, it just so happened that there were three types of pupil – the academic, the technical and the practical ...

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