pedagogy

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noun ped·a·go·gy \ˈpe-də-ˌgō-jē also -ˌgä-, especially British -ˌgä-gē\

Definition of pedagogy

  1. :  the art, science, or profession of teaching; especially :  education 2

Examples of pedagogy in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of pedagogy

see pedagogue


First Known Use: circa 1623


PEDAGOGY Defined for English Language Learners

pedagogy

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noun ped·a·go·gy \ˈpe-də-ˌgō-jē also -ˌgä-, especially British -ˌgä-gē\

Definition of pedagogy for English Language Learners

  • : the art, science, or profession of teaching



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