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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.  

Understanding
Understanding

The first thing to understand about human understanding is just how wide is its reach and penetrative its insight. Saying this is saying much of what is set out in the entry on mind. Our understanding moves towards its goal as a person moves from darkness to light. These are the metaphors we naturally use when describing how we come to understanding. The twentieth-century German philosopher, Martin Heidegger, wrote:

Only by virtue of light, i.e. through brightness, can what shines show itself, that is, radiate. But brightness in turn rests upon something open, something free … where one being mirrors itself in another speculatively – there openness … the free region is in play. Only this openness grants to the movement of speculative thinking the ...

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