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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.  


The first parental answer given to the child's question, ‘Why should I go to school?’, is to say ‘To acquire knowledge’, although there is much to say after that. In any case, the child might then ask ‘What's knowledge?’ and the answer would be dauntingly abstract.

It might sensibly start by separating knowledge from belief by way of showing that when you know something, that something must be true, whereas when you only believe it, it may not be true. But that sense of ‘knowing’ leads to so many different places that all one can conclude is that there are many forms and varieties of knowledge, such that one cannot really say that knowledge, which must be true, is compounded of an aggregation of facts, ...

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