ped·​a·​go·​gy | \ ˈpe-də-ˌgō-jē How to pronounce pedagogy (audio) also -ˌgä-, especially British -ˌgä-gē How to pronounce pedagogy (audio) \

Definition of pedagogy

: the art, science, or profession of teaching especially : education sense 2

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We Will Teach You the History of Pedagogy

Since in Greek agogos means "leader", a paidagogos was a slave who led boys to school and back, but also taught them manners and tutored them after school. In time, pedagogue came to mean simply "teacher;" today the word has an old-fashioned ring to it, so it often means a stuffy, boring teacher. The word pedagogy, though, is still widely used, and often means simply "teaching". And pedagogic training is what everyone majoring in education receives.

Examples of pedagogy in a Sentence

Some of the presentations, a few too many for comfort, lapsed into the familiar contortions of modern pedagogy. — Alex Ross, New Yorker, 14 & 21 July 2003 The idea that pedagogy should be judged according to race is absurd on its face, but the fact that they saw their relationship with me and with the school itself in those terms should have given me greater pause than it did. — Gerald Early, Lure and Loathing, 1993 Since no textbooks existed, the professor refused to profess, knowing no more than his students, and the students read what they pleased and compared their results. As pedagogy, nothing could be more triumphant. — Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907
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Like Kotter, Leguizamo understands teaching as a form of stand-up, but his pedagogy is more unruly. Los Angeles Times, "Review: For John Leguizamo, class is back in session. ‘Latin History for Morons’ hits L.A.," 9 Sep. 2019 Pulido’s expertise lies in Chicanx studies, sacred worlds, material cultures, community studies, and emotive pedagogy (learning is associated with creativity and emotionally distinct experiences). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Alberto Pulido," 29 July 2019 This was the Science Guy, circa 2019, delivering a sermon squared directly at the legions of Gen Xers and Millennials who were weaned on Nye's brand of wacky pedagogy. oregonlive, "‘You idiots’: Bill Nye’s fiery message to leaders stalling on climate change," 14 May 2019 Really understand, to use a terribly old-fashioned word, the pedagogy. Eric Johnson, Vox, "“The $300 textbook is dead,” says the CEO of textbook maker Pearson," 2 Aug. 2019 Get our daily newsletter The controversy is more about politics than pedagogy. The Economist, "A row over teaching in French has reopened old wounds in Morocco," 15 Aug. 2019 Madan began consulting with schools in the city and signed up for numerous courses in pedagogy and learning methodologies in New York. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "One woman is transforming libraries to make lifelong readers out of Indian children," 9 Aug. 2019 Perhaps Fiedler and Haufe’s distance from the traditional pedagogy of design freed them to pursue visions that were dreamy and surreal. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How Posters Became Art," 1 July 2019 This ranked taxonomy — domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species — is foundational to biology pedagogy. Quanta Magazine, "What’s in a Name? Taxonomy Problems Vex Biologists," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of pedagogy

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pedagogy

see pedagogue

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English Language Learners Definition of pedagogy

formal : the art, science, or profession of teaching

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