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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.  


As with teaching, training involves passing on skills, from someone who has already acquired them to someone who hasn't as yet. Training animals is different, as the trainer may not possess the skills himself (or may not want to balance a ball on his nose, nor jump through hoops), but he has the blueprint of the skills he wants the animal to learn. ‘Training’ can imply drilling and repetitive activities, as in training for fitness.

Professional training is to equip the trainee with the skills necessary for a particular profession. Initial teacher training (ITT) may sometimes seem to the trainee to involve drilling and repetition, and perhaps also jumping through hoops. In the past, teaching was seen as an intuitive activity; good teachers were born, ...

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