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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.  


In everyday conversation, a tradition means hardly more than a local custom or a little ritual which is consistently re-enacted by a particular group, and serves as a nexus or collecting-point of cherished memories, whether of people or places, special dates or well-loved practices.

Such a meaning is strong and sufficiently close to the origins of the word in the Latin verb whose past participle translates as ‘what is handed on’. This sense of tradition is, however, rather an inert one. Tradition becomes something from the past which is endlessly repeated but which does not discharge any of its energy into the present. By this token, to be a traditionalist (which everybody wants to be in some part of themselves) is simply to call up ...

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