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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.  


Like all interesting concepts, ‘quality’ has multiple and sometimes quite separate usages. One could start with its usage as referring simply to an attribute of a thing (‘this rose has a lovely aroma’) or a characteristic of a person (‘she is a woman of great courage’). A quality or characteristic found in a person is also and generally thought of as a possession of that person, which is hardly how one would talk of the smell of a flower. Philosophers have made heavy weather of distinguishing between primary qualities, which are truly in an object, as hardness is in concrete or softness in a pile of cotton wool, and secondary qualities, which are the sensation or impressions – the ideas – we have of ...

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