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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.  


Responsibility is a concept and a value with multiple but intuitively well-understood meanings. Prime among these is probably its legal use, in which criminals or anybody else accused of committing a crime have to be shown to be responsible for the action in question, where responsibility takes in deliberate intention and purpose on the part of the miscreant, as well as moral capacity, intelligence and reason. It is a legitimate defence for a prisoner to plead ‘diminished responsibility’ due to loss of faculties or of wits; in everyday parlance, to hold persons responsible for something must mean that they knew what they were doing (or had failed to do) and were indeed capable of performing or not performing the action for which responsibility is ...

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