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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A pedagogy which denies this perversely creates difficulties which hamper the learner in this task.
▪ At least this sort of pedagogy acknowledges the gravity of the remedial task.
▪ But not all implications are valid in reference to pedagogy.
▪ For example, a computer pedagogy aimed directly at fostering disembedded thought needs to be devised, as do appropriate evaluation procedures.
▪ Generally speaking, it has been assimilation rather than accommodation which has characterized interpretation in the domain of language pedagogy over recent years.
▪ It was very much the sort of developmental pedagogy that composition scholars and learning theorists prescribe for remedial students.
▪ Shaughnessy never developed a pedagogy of her own.
▪ The lycee was a prime example of old-fashioned fluency-last pedagogy.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pedagogy \Ped"a*go`gy\, n. [Gr. ?: cf. F. p['e]dagogie.] Pedagogics; pedagogism.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, from Middle French pédagogie (16c.), from Latin paedagogia, from Greek paidagogia "education, attendance on boys," from paidagogos "teacher" (see pedagogue).


n. 1 The profession of teaching. 2 The activities of educating, teaching or instructing. 3 The strategies of instruction.

  1. n. the principles and methods of instruction [syn: teaching method, pedagogics]

  2. the profession of a teacher; "he prepared for teaching while still in college"; "pedagogy is recognized as an important profession" [syn: teaching, instruction]

  3. the activities of educating or instructing or teaching; activities that impart knowledge or skill; "he received no formal education"; "our instruction was carefully programmed"; "good teaching is seldom rewarded" [syn: education, instruction, teaching, educational activity]


Pedagogy (etymology and pronunciation) is the discipline that deals with the theory and practice of education; it thus concerns the study and practice of how best to teach. Its aims range from the general (full development of the human being via liberal education) to the narrower specifics of vocational education (the imparting and acquisition of specific skills).

In correlation with those instructive strategies, the instructor's own philosophical beliefs of instruction are harbored and governed by the pupil's background knowledge and experience, situation, and environment, as well as learning goals set by the student and teacher. One example would be the Socratic schools of thought. The teaching of adults, however, may be referred to as andragogy.

Usage examples of "pedagogy".

Ah, if one consulted humanistic pedagogy, how humanistic pedagogy would adjure him to take the hand and accept the offered guidance!

The ranchman had no fine theories to work out--perhaps his whole stock of pedagogy embraced only a knowledge of horse-breaking and a belief in heredity.

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This lesson in Navy pedagogy was driven home shortly be-fore Bilging Day.

Within thirty years, the educational systems of the United States, and several Western European countries as well, will have broken decisively with the mass production pedagogy of the past, and will have advanced into an era of educational diversity based on the liberating power of the new machines.