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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.  


A set of principles may be counterposed to a theory. A ‘principle’ is in one meaning a guide or rule directing one's deliberations or actions. Thus, a person might say ‘It is my principle always to back horses each way’. A principle may also be, however, something more like a foundation of one's personal integrity, as when someone says, ‘It is a principle of mine always to treat my pupils as my equals'. Finally, a principle may constitute a guide to method, as in a celebrated book The Principies of Literary Criticism by I. A. Richards, which sets out what its author argues are the best rules for reading and judging poetry by close analysis of its constituent parts – rhyme, rhythm, language, form, ...

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