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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.  


‘Objective’ is used both as a noun and an adjective, unlike ‘subjective’ which is only used as an adjective (meaning personal to oneself). ‘Objective’ means external, for example, to describe a point of view that is verified by demonstrable facts, not just an opinion. As a noun, it means the object to be achieved, the end result of an action.

Few adjectives carry such a strong charge of self-approval. To be objective is, as far as personal matters go, to be detached, impartial (but judicious), dependably disengaged from the business in hand, and therefore able to appraise it properly. Objectivity, the noun, is counterposed to subjectivity, with the former indicating a truly scientific, thoroughly well-informed, but always distanced state of mind. Objectivity is the goal ...

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