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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.  


This is surely the largest topic in this whole book and at the same time the most pressing responsibility the schoolteacher has. He or she will certainly be called to account for the moral behaviour of the pupils, and is regularly blamed in the yellow press for the general belief that ‘children no longer know the difference between right and wrong’.

Whatever else morality may be, it certainly is expected to provide an account of this difference. But we carry unnoticingly around with us a huge moral vocabulary compounded of fragments of unintegrated moral theories often devised for forms of conduct from long-gone societies and each variously in irreconcilable conflict with one another. Thus, Aristotle's doctrine of the ‘magnanimous man’ (and his theories of ethics ...

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