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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 word has now a rather old-fashioned ring, at least in its general application. In its secondary (but widely used) sense, it denotes a special, usually monetary award to a student to cover the costs of courses at a school or university which would otherwise be difficult to afford. In its primary sense, however, scholarship refers both to a mode of employment and to a vocation.

As mode of employment, scholarship is the labour of all academic inquiry, exhilarating, patient, protracted, tedious. It is the application of the scholar to what used to be known as ‘disinterested’ study. But the word ‘disinterested’ is now, regrettably, shifting its meaning to something close to ‘bored’, where originally ‘disinterested’ meant, and needs still to mean, unself-referential, impartial, open-minded ...

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