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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.  


A person who is wholly unmethodical is crazy to think at all, and cannot make those thoughts to correspond with the world. The grounding of inquiry on dependable observation or agreed-upon truths or reasons, without which such necessities as deduction, induction, judgement and verification cannot be discovered, becomes meaningless. For example, we establish the form of a given proposition by determining what its contradiction or negation would look like. In other words, it must be clear that to insert ‘not’ into a proposition does in truth negate it.

This sounds so obvious as to be silly. But it is the only way we can be sure of what we are saying. Something is the case or is not the case, if we are to have ...

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