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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Recent Examples on the Web There’s long been a (reasonably justified) distrust of anything that smacks of didacticism in literature, but there’s a difference between didacticism and pedagogy, and Doctorow’s work falls squarely in the latter camp. New York Times, "Site Information Navigation," 25 Nov. 2020 The University of Texas offers a two-course chess pedagogy unit that helps teachers introduce chess into curricula for critical thinking, literacy, and more. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Want to Make Better Decisions? Start Playing More Chess," 31 Oct. 2020 Now, mathematical pedagogy says talking younger children through their thoughts is also a big help. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Adults Can't Seem to Understand This Math Problem for First Graders. Can You?," 12 Oct. 2020 The colleges of education are the training grounds for translating this leftist academic theory into K–12 pedagogy and practice. Mike Gonzalez, National Review, "To Tackle Critical Theory in the K–12 Classroom, Start with Colleges of Education," 5 Oct. 2020 Their approach is based on philosopher Paulo Freire's pedagogy, which focuses on linking knowledge to action so people can make real change in their communities. Abigail Libers, Scientific American, "How to Unlearn Racism," 1 Oct. 2020 Critical pedagogy is grounded in the teachings of Antonio Gramsci, the founder of Italy’s Communist Party in the 1920s. Mike Gonzalez, National Review, "To Tackle Critical Theory in the K–12 Classroom, Start with Colleges of Education," 5 Oct. 2020 This is full-strength pedagogy, within the constraints of remote communication. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Teachers’ Unions vs. the Poor," 24 Aug. 2020 Jireh, who works at the Oakland bar and shop Ordinaire, has long felt that traditional wine education — through the court and the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, mainly — is unwelcoming to BIPOC and too narrow in its pedagogy. Esther Mobley,, "How Bay Area locals are combating wine’s overwhelmingly white makeup," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of pedagogy was circa 1623

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21 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pedagogy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pedagogy

formal : the art, science, or profession of teaching

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