Words at Play : Big Words on Campus

#10: Pedagogy

Definition:

: the art, science, or profession of teaching; especially the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in schools

Example:

"Yet for all the lip service that modern pedagogy pays to the precept that 'all children can learn,' rare are the educators who believe this enough to push such students toward their full academic potential." — Esther J. Cepeda, The Washington Post, August 11, 2013

About the Word:

Like pediatrician, pedagogy has an ancestor in ped-, meaning "child." Pedagogy dates to the late 1500s but has a recent offspring: Andragogy, meaning "the art or science of teaching adults," was coined in 1970 using andr- (meaning "man") and "agogy" from pedagogy.

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