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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.  


The word ‘communication’ comes from the Latin communis, a fellowship, so it is related to the noun ‘community’, and the adjective ‘common’ which signifies features that are shared with others. ‘Communication’ is the process by which individuals and organisations share information with others.

The most obvious form of communication is language, although looks, glances, gestures and expressions (body language) convey a great deal. In the development of language, the first words to emerge were probably very practical ones – fire, forest, wolf and so on. More abstract terms would come later: love, happiness, loyalty. This is where the problems in communication started, as abstract words never mean exactly the same to different people. Individuals modify their understanding of words according to their own experiences. Even ...

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