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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.  

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Putting questions and finding answers is the primary activity of the mind, and surely the defining relation of classrooms. But questioning is such a various activity for all human beings, that it is always worth recollecting D. H. Lawrence saying crossly to parents, ‘When a child asks “why is the grass green?” it is really saying “is it really green or is it just fooling me?” and we prate on about chlorophyll and photosynthesis. Oh fools, fools!’

Not every question needs an answer; not every question deserves an answer. What the pupil learns under careful, restrained teaching, is to frame accurate questions when these are needed. Answers to questions can only be contradictory when they are answers to exactly the same question. If, to take ...

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