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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.  


We make them all the time, but one cannot separate the word from something stern, detached, punitive, forever associated with an image of the judge in a courtroom, separated from the ordinary world by wig and gown and a position behind the bench and above the audience.

Yet a judgement is hardly different from an inference, as when we infer from the evidence of our senses that something is the case, and go ahead to act on it. Judgements are present in every reflective action, whether judgements as to immediate action (‘What shall I do now?’), judgements as to future plans (‘Is this a good job to go for?’ ‘Have I enough food in the house to feed us tonight?’), judgements of value (‘Is this ...

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