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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 powerful honorifics in the vocabulary of teaching, yet everybody would be hard put to say what it is and how we know when we are using it. Still harder is to say whether or not the imagination can be exercised by use or improved by some kind of training. Nonetheless, most of us as parents or teachers believe that in giving children time and space to ‘use their imaginations’ (generally in the practice of one of the arts) they are doing something right and important.

Stripped down, the imagination is the faculty of mind which permits thought about things either not present to the senses or not real at all, although these processes may be hard to tell apart ...

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