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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 pursuit of truth is named as fundamental to any account of knowledge, and is, therefore, intrinsic to all systems of education, let alone systems of religious or ethical belief. Yet ‘truth’ is a word likely to cause embarrassment among many people, perhaps especially teachers, if it is invoked as the (or a) point of some part of the curriculum.

Unease of this kind is not without its justification, since nothing is more fruitless in intellectual discussion than attempts to define what are sometimes called ‘absolute truths’. Yet people can and do say with certainty and with right on their side that, as it was put in the American Declaration of Independence, ‘we hold these truths to be self-evident’. Determining and revering what is true ...

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