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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.  


‘Pay attention’ the teacher says crossly, and the timeless, familiar phrase reminds us once more, just as the no less familiar phrase does, ‘How are you spending your time?’ that time is money, and that attention is a coin in the same currency. Being attentive is perhaps the opposite of the state of boredom, but it is difficult to determine whether one's attention is a feature of mind and character, or whether it is a cast of thought called up by the object of my attention.

For sure, teachers have learned from psychologists a fancy name – attention deficit disorder – with which to describe the sort of awful pupil who will turn to no task for more than a few seconds, runs unstoppably around ...

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