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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.  


The word ‘pedagogue’ comes from the Greek, meaning a trainer or teacher of boys. It is now an archaic word for ‘teacher’, and is sometimes used to suggest a rather pedantic teacher. However, ‘pedagogy’ is in current use, meaning the knowledge and skill that a person needs to develop in order to become a successful teacher. The National Strategies enlarge on this:

Teaching is complex. Teachers and other practitioners draw on a range of working theories and their own experiences in arriving at their views on how children learn and how teaching can support this learning. There is an increasingly strong body of research evidence and practice that will help refine these views and inform pedagogical decisions. There are also many different definitions of pedagogy. ...

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