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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.  


Needs are invoked with regard to children in what is often rather too ready, let alone too pious a manner. The important qualification is always to be able to tell the difference between needs and wants, and to confine the discussion of needs to certain basic requirements common to all human beings, including shelter, food, warmth, sex, loving-kindness and the sufficient company of others, safety, order. But as soon as such a list is nominated, there bursts out (and quite rightly) a clamour of dissent and elaboration: ‘Oh, you can't miss out and it is certainly the case that people come to regard as needful what started out, frequently, as a luxury. Most people would now think of telephones and television as domestic necessities, ...

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