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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.  

Mind
Mind

The evolution, development, cultivation and instruction of the mind is the whole point of education, and yet it is still mysterious to us as to what the mind actually is. On the rare occasions when people reflect on the motions of the mind, the chances are they draw on the historically long-lived conclusions of René Descartes who, in the seventeenth century, dedicated himself to determining the knowledge of which he could be absolutely certain and, by steadily doubting everything which we take for granted in the world – experience, memory, history – what his senses told him (because they might be mistaken) came down to his famous and fundamental conclusion: ‘I think, therefore I am’. This conclusion cannot be doubted not because it is ...

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