Pedagogy (IPAEng|ˈpɛdəgɒdʒi), or paedagogy is the art or science of being a teacher. The term generally refers to strategies of instruction, or a style of instruction. [ [from NSF] ]

Pedagogy is also sometimes referred to as the correct use of teaching strategies (see instructional theory). For example, Paulo Freire referred to his method of teaching adults as "critical pedagogy". In correlation with those teaching strategies the instructor's own philosophical beliefs of teaching are harbored and governed by the pupil's background knowledge and experiences, personal situations, and environment, as well as learning goals set by the student and teacher. One example would be the Socratic schools of thought. [ [ Analysis of Pedagogy] ]


The word comes from the Greek polytonic|παιδαγωγέω (paidagōgeō; from polytonic|παίς "país": child and polytonic|άγω "ágō": lead; literally, "to lead the child"). In Ancient Greece, Polytonic|παιδαγωγός was (usually) a slave who supervised the education of his master’s son (girls were not publicly educated). This involved taking him to school (Polytonic|διδασκαλείον) or a gym (Polytonic|γυμνάσιον), looking after him and carrying his equipment (e.g. musical instruments). [ [ Etymology Site on-line (pedagogue)] ]

The Latin-derived word for pedagogy, education, [ [ Webster definition of education] ] is nowadays used in the English-speaking world to refer to the whole context of instruction, learning, and the actual operations involved therein, although both words have roughly the same original meaning. In the English-speaking world the term pedagogy refers to the science or theory of educating. [ [ Webster's definition of Pedagogy] ] The late Malcolm Knowles reasoned that the term "andragogy" is more pertinent when discussing adult learning and teaching. He referred to andragogy as the art and science of teaching adults.

Academic degree

An academic degree, Ped.D., Doctor of Pedagogy, is awarded honorarily by some American universities to distinguished educators (in the US and UK earned degrees within the education field are classified as an Ed.D., Doctor of Education or a Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy). The term is also used to denote an emphasis in education as a specialty in a field (for instance, a Doctor of Music degree "in piano pedagogy").


A number of people contributed to the theories of pedagogy, among these are
* Benjamin Bloom
* John Dewey
* Celestin Freinet
* Paulo Freire
* Friedrich Froebel
* Bell Hooks
* Jan Amos Komensky
* Janusz Korczak
* Maria Montessori
* Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
* Jean Piaget
* Simon Soloveychik
* Rudolf Steiner
* Lev Vygotsky

ee also

*Critical pedagogy
*Educational psychology
* — a Wikibook about educational psychology
*Instructional design
*Jo Estill
*Learning theory (education)
*Horace Mann
* Educational philosophy

External links

* [ Directory of Links for Pedagogy]
* [ "Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, Culture"]
* [] Developments in the field of Social Pedagogy in the UK
* []


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