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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.  


A ‘value’ is a fierce little condensation of meaning, which is to say something the associations and realisations of which matter significantly to a person, and command, to a greater or lesser degree, his or her allegiance. Value is, therefore, the generalising term for all such meanings, and invoked and respected as marking out the large field of abstract qualities grounded in concrete experiences which we have learned to cherish and foster, to teach as admirable to our children and, in many cases, to protect and impose by tradition and by law. All forms of conduct or articles produced which a people ratifies and admires, commends and perpetuates, enshrine and enact values.

Values may obviously be very much at odds, not alone as between societies ...

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