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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 humanities are grouped together in a set of academic disciplines or subjects set against the natural sciences as being the separate study of non-human but physical reality. The term is an Anglicisation of the degree course, founded in Oxford in the early sixteenth century and known as Litterae Humaniores. By this was meant the learning associated with human culture such as grammar, rhetoric, and particularly the poetry and prose of the Latin and Greek classics, grammar, rhetoric, logic (the trivium).

The degree courses of this title, at Oxford and at some of the ancient Scottish universities, continued to refer to the study of Latin and Greek classics. But by 1605, when Francis Bacon published his mammoth study of all the disciplines, The Advancement of ...

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