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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 is derived from ‘disciple’ and originally meant ‘instruction imparted to disciples or scholars’. This concept of instruction has been taken in two directions, on the one hand order maintained among pupils (which might involve correction or punishment), and on the other, a particular subject area or branch of education, as in academic discipline.

In schools, the word is generally used in relation to pupils' behaviour. This is usually of great concern to parents, who will often judge behaviour as poor on the basis of one or two incidents. Inspectors have to judge more broadly on the basis of behaviour and attitudes in lessons, pupils' behaviour towards each other, their response to school policies on managing behaviour, and any records of racist and bullying ...

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