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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.  


‘Skill’ has become another of undoubtedly key concepts used to cover so many different things that it is in danger of vacuity, that is, of having so many applications it means very little.

In itself, it indicates the accomplished application of a technique. A technique (from the Greek, tekne, which best translates as a craft) is a specialised, teachable method for the achievement of a specific purpose. It is subordinate to and an aspect of the deployment of a craft, which may be thought of as a coordinated battery of techniques. Thus, a skill is an accomplishment of a person directed to a purpose.

However, ‘skills’ have taken on a more recent range of meanings, according to which a skill is separated from individual human purposes. ...

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