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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.  


This is a concept intrinsic not just to education but to most human societies in the modern world. It constitutes a whole body of theory and policy studies around the application of economics in areas of poverty (‘underdevelopment’ is the euphemism), and in itself announces the power of the common belief in feasible progress central to all policy science. In this sense of ‘development’, the word connotes on one hand the bringing of progress by the agencies of the rich world to areas of underdevelopment generally on the outer limits of their own wealth (areas such as the tip of Nova Scotia in Canada, of Northern Ireland in Britain, of the further corners of Sardinia untouched by tourist droppings, or the bitter, cold edges ...

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