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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.  


Choice is one of the most invoked values of liberal and consumer society, and also one of the most distorted and misunderstood. It is, after all, a central premise of liberalism that individuals shall have the freedom to become whatever they choose to become. The act of choice is by this token the vindicating moment of the doctrine. To choose is to be autonomous and inasmuch as choosing a government is the defining procedure of democracy (tyrants or incompetents can be dismissed in an election), the vote is the emblem of political choice. The doctrine of rights further corroborates the importance of choice, since to insist on one's rights is to endorse oneself as an individual who is not to be violated by others ...

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