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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 one of the most frequently invoked honorifics in the everyday language of pedagogy. To learn from experience and to ground aspects of the curriculum in experience is to be doing the right thing and to be avoiding ‘chalk and talk’ (as people used to say), or – which is also thought to be both ineffectual as well as boring – ‘learning by rote’.

Experience, however, turns out to be a multiple term. In its simplest version, people generally mean by it direct, lived or observed knowledge of the world. Even then, to equate experience with knowledge doesn't quite cover all usages: experience can be taken not so much to mean knowledge in the sense of facts about the world which one can recognise ...

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