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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 National Curriculum enjoins that all pupils pursue their studies in such a way as to ensure their social, moral, cultural and spiritual development. As to what ‘spiritual’ either means or merely gestures towards, there is little common agreement beyond a general sense that it must be serious-minded, non-denominationally pious, giving rise to strong but not self-regarding emotion and quite often mixing mawkishness with doleful attempts to find a kind of universal theism hidden in various world religions and multicultural systems of belief.

There is nonetheless something humanly significant and decently reverent in the statutory insistence that spirituality be somehow taught and learned. Shakespeare makes Hamlet say to his friend,

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,

Than are dreamt of in your philosophy (Act ...

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