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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.  


Here we are at the titular concept of the book, everyone has an opinion about it, newspapers never leave the topic alone, yet there is remarkably little agreement both about what it is and what it ought to be. In 1997, the then prime minister, Tony Blair, famously announced as his three main priorities, ‘education, education and education’, and both before and since that date government policy-makers from both sides of the House of Commons have been assiduous in ensuring that education remains amenable to constant reform, and that its products – the pupils – are minutely tested, surveyed and interrogated to determine what state their education is in, and how it compares with the past.

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