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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 ‘academy’ comes from the name of the garden near Athens where Plato taught. It now means a place of learning, including a school, although related words such as ‘academic’ or ‘academe’ tend to refer to university studies.

‘Academy’ is often used for a specialised institution, such as the French Academy in Paris, the Imperial Academy of St Petersburg, or London's Royal Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. When the word is applied to a school, it can carry a whiff of pretension, beautifully illustrated here by Dickens in Nicholas Nickleby:

Education – At Mr Wackford Squeers's Academy, Dotheboys Hall, at the delightful village of Dotheboys, near Greta Bridge in Yorkshire. Youth are boarded, clothed, furnished with pocket-money, provided with all necessaries, instructed in all ...

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