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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 important political and moral categories in the language. But before touching on its well-known (but much argued-over) usages, it is necessary to indicate a more technical use where the term means simply one of something. For our purposes, it is worth noting that the ways we have of identifying something as strictly individual (that is, unique) are often rough and ready, and that scientific method in particular must be at pains to be as certain as possible when it has discovered an individual (which therefore cannot be an example nor a class, still less a genus or species).

Individuals in the conventional sense are similarly just that: each of us is the only one, the single instantiation of you ...

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