Definition of pedagogical
: of, relating to, or befitting a teacher or education pedagogical methods pedagogical concerns
pedagogicallyplay \ˌpe-də-ˈgä-ji-k(ə-)lē, -ˈgō-\ adverb
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Recent Examples of pedagogical from the Web
School systems and other teachers are often desperate for lesson plans and supplementary materials, and the internet has become a thriving marketplace for pedagogical tools, thanks to one clever website.
In this context, school baths were a pedagogical tool:
In this context, school baths were a pedagogical tool: By teaching students to clean themselves, reformers hoped that children would get their parents to bathe regularly as well.
Perhaps just as important, these schools provide real pedagogical alternatives to the public schools and to each other, helping parents match the needs of their unique children to the settings best for them.
Service-learning, career/technical education and active learning are the primary pedagogical strategies that actually impact what students do in school.
On a regular basis, Kirsten wonders if Casey is using middle-school pedagogical techniques on her.
The idea is to provide a pedagogical and social armature to help them navigate college, especially the pivotal first year that research shows is the strongest predictor of college success.
Of course this show time-travels with plenty of baggage, which Mr. Wolfe unpacks with pedagogical annotations and sentimental mistiness.
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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."
Did You Know?
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.
First Known Use of pedagogical
PEDAGOGICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pedagogical for English Language Learners
: of or relating to teachers or education
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