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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.  

Teaching
Teaching

The verb ‘to teach’, and its irregular past participle ‘taught’, go back to Old English, with the meaning to show, to instruct, to impart knowledge. This implies another person, or other people, who are being instructed. Teaching cannot be carried out without learners – whereas learning can be carried out without teachers.

Teachers do not have to be paid professionals. Babies and young children are taught by their parents to talk, and to take part in numerous activities. Children are taught all kinds of things (desirable and otherwise) by other children. Ever since Plato, there has been an argument as to whether society should pay a special class of professionals to teach, train and socialise its children. Plato certainly believed there should be such an ...

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