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

Essential Meaning of pedagogy

formal : the art, science, or profession of teaching

Full Definition of pedagogy

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

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 Montessori’s point about discipline being inseparable from pedagogy is persuasive. Rivka Galchen, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 Roman’s pedagogy, on the other hand, is proudly egocentric. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 Without these materials, the methodology and pedagogy for educators who teach these texts are being censored. Marilisa Jiménez García And Paige Pagan,, 10 Dec. 2021 Rather than backing the same kinds of schools, same structures and pedagogy, new schooling trends are emerging. Jeanne Allen, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 The battle over math pedagogy is a tale as old as multiplication tables. New York Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Gen Z’s miseducation begins with Sheng’s questionable tutelage — his inept pedagogy teaches how to be alarmed and offended instead of bringing facts of art history and providing context for cultural understanding. Armond White, National Review, 20 Oct. 2021 In her junior year, Johnson took her first course in dance pedagogy, learning about the methods of teaching dance. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Nov. 2021 Imagine if recruiting materials and search committees, as well as rank and salary, sought after and rewarded faculty who combined their intellectual currency with best practices in pedagogy, learning sciences, and educational technology? Ann Kirschner, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021

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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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“Pedagogy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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