pedagogical

adjective
ped·a·gog·i·cal | \ ˌpe-də-ˈgä-ji-kəl , -ˈgō- \
variants: or less commonly pedagogic \ˌpe-də-ˈgä-jik, -ˈgō- \

Definition of pedagogical 

: of, relating to, or befitting a teacher or education pedagogical methods pedagogical concerns

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pedagogically \ˌpe-də-ˈgä-ji-k(ə-)lē, -ˈgō- \ adverb

Pedagogical, pedagogy, and pedagogue

Pedagogical and its cognates present us with an excellent example of how different words can come from the same root, retain an almost identical meaning, and yet take on distinctive connotations. Pedagogical, pedagogy, and pedagogue all come from the Greek paidagōgos, originally the word for a slave who brought children to school. But while pedagogical and pedagogy have meanings simply related to teaching or teachers (with no implied judgment), pedagogue has taken on a negative tone, often referring to a dull or overly formal teacher. A similar transformation has taken place with many of the pedant- words in English. A pedant originally denoted simply "a tutor," but now tends to mean "one who makes a show of knowledge." Pedantic formerly meant "relating to teaching," but now is more commonly used to mean "unimaginative or dull."

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Pedagogical, which has the somewhat less common spelling variant pedagogic, was coined in the early 17th century from a Greek adjective of the same meaning. That adjective, paidagōgikos, in turn derives from the noun paidagōgos, meaning "teacher." The English word pedagogue (which can simply mean "teacher" but usually suggests one who is particularly dull) derives from the same root. Though the words "educational" and "teacher" make the grade in most contexts, pedagogical and pedagogue are useful additions to the class.

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But any approach that dictates uniformity fails to recognize that different pedagogical practices (including in grading) suit different disciplines and pedagogies. Tom Solomon, Washington Post, "GPAs don’t really show what students learned. Here’s why.," 15 June 2018 With the new funding, the network will be able to expand to 500 more educational twinnings, and support the development of new pedagogical and curricular resources, online teacher training, branding and more. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Jewish Agency to expand school-twinning program," 10 July 2018 By contrast, changes that did not cost very much but are hard to implement, such as changing pedagogical approaches or introducing short-term contracts for teachers, were associated with higher test scores for pupils. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018 That pedagogical dialogue eventually resulted in the collective Tim Rollins & K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), which gained a level of fame in the New York art world in the ’80s and ’90s. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 Colon merely has created a simplistic, and thus impotent, paper tiger here; the political and pedagogical force of her work would be far greater if her villain had at least a touch of complexity. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "'Tilikum' tells dark story of a captive orca at SeaWorld," 29 June 2018 The pedagogical divide mirrors a political one between conservative statists and liberal technocrats. The Economist, "Reformists and traditionalists are at war over Russian schools," 26 May 2018 One is the pedagogical power of radio to change closed minds. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "With a talented young cast, set in the early days of rock 'n' roll, 'Memphis' just works," 25 Apr. 2018 For these reasons, schools should review such policies, rules and practices, and should eliminate any that do not serve a clear pedagogical purpose. Josh Magness, kansascity, "Parent complained after teen was cut from cheer squad — now everyone makes the team | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of pedagogical

1595, in the meaning defined above

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pedagogical

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: of or relating to teachers or education

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