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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.  

Accountability
Accountability

As the big institutions of modern society have more and more come to organise our lives, a movement in social democracy has gathered pace which, recognising how little it is that individuals can do to control or criticise these creatures, seeks to transform their authority and responsibility into accountability. This means that systems of reckoning be devised which will regularly review performances, in particular of the state bureaucracies (schools, hospitals, welfare, benefits, pensions, police, etc.) and, in drawing up such audits, balance sheets, inspectorial reports and so on, will render up accounts – accounts which take in not just how the money has been spent (though that above all), but also whether, in the jargon, ‘value has been added’, whether the institutions have made ...

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