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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.  


If education is the training of thought and thinking, intelligence is the word used to cover speed, facility, responsiveness, perseverance and readiness in thought. It is what teachers are most grateful for, when they encounter it, what they must comment on favourably in their reports, and yet it resists definition and nobody is quite certain what it is and whether it may be taught. For a century or more, psychologists have sought to refine intelligence tests which will yield accurate and prescriptive results, but many still fall back on the old bromide, ‘intelligence is what the tests test’. Yet after the 1944 Education Act a generation of 11-year-olds in Britain had their educational futures decided by the administration of intelligence tests, and were assigned ...

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