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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 arts now gather under that very general heading all those practices designated ‘expressive’ or, sometimes, ‘imaginative’, and conventionally include painting, sculpture, music (composition and performance), drama (ditto), all forms of written literature (poetry, novels and so forth), and dance. To this traditional list there has been added, over the past century, photography, film, computer graphics (at a pinch) and, in some arguments, sport, chess and even card games.

To make arguments about the intrinsic nature of art (as opposed to the catch-all title, ‘the arts’) an insistence on definition is usually a sterile exercise. What has been called (by Herbert Hart) ‘the definitional stop’ is rarely as satisfactory a move in demonstrating what art really is as pointing to examples and saying ‘there it ...

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