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

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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Similarly, her students, are merely a collection of insubordinate behaviors, untethered to any context beyond that of the familiar classroom story whose wildlings are transformed by inspirational pedagogy. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Zapped by Lightning, a French Teacher Becomes ‘Mrs. Hyde’," 26 Apr. 2018 The teacher in her is staggered by the lack of actual pedagogy that takes place in studio classes. Kathleen Hirsch,, "A portrait of the artist as an older woman," 29 June 2018 But reasons for switching to tau are deeply rooted in pedagogy as well. Randyn Charles Bartholomew, Scientific American, "Let's Use Tau--It's Easier Than Pi," 25 June 2014 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 Image There was always an ethical — and, at times, a political — dimension to his calm, compassionate pedagogy. New York Times, "Review: Take the Next Trolley to ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’," 6 June 2018 Only a youth orchestra undergirded by strong programs of instrumental pedagogy could have done justice to so difficult and demanding an opus. John Von Rhein,, "MusicNOW's resident composers wrap up their tenure with well-received parting gifts," 22 May 2018 In this case, Bollinger’s prerecorded material, with jaunty forays into music history, biographic anecdotes from the lives of the composers, and a perky narration, seemed to strive for vivid pedagogy over poetry. Jeremy Eichler,, "Tracing the ciaccona on a journey through the centuries," 4 May 2018 In fact, the results of the tax effort helped encourage Disney to become more broadly involved in educational videos, TIME explained: What prompted this prolific pedagogy was the phenomenal success of his famed Donald Duck film on income-tax paying. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The U.S. Government Used Disney Cartoons to Convince Americans That Paying Taxes Is a Privilege," 16 Apr. 2018

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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 art, science, or profession of teaching

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