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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.  


‘Lazy’ carries almost equal approbatory and disapproving charges. ‘Lazy days in summer’, ‘lazing by the beach’ only need the adjective for a wistful dreaminess to come over one's imagination. But to accuse a pupil of being lazy or to adduce ‘laziness’ on a school report is to reach for one of the teacher's most severe and final sentences of condemnation.

Yet the quality itself is opaque, and loose in application. No doubt some people have a turn in their temperament towards indolence; they are not highly energised in any particular direction; their manner, often amiable and indiscriminate, is sleepy, perhaps good-humoured, rarely malign. These are, no doubt, dispositionally lazy people and there's nothing much to be done about it. (Sometimes a whole culture may be ...

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