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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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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12 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pedagogy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pedagogy

formal : the art, science, or profession of teaching

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