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1 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]

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  1. The profession of teaching.
  2. The activities of educating, teaching or instructing.


the profession of teaching
  • Croatian: pedagogija
  • Finnish: pedagogiikka
the activities of educating, teaching or instructing

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Pedagogy (), or paedagogy is the art or science of being a teacher. The term generally refers to strategies of instruction, or a style of instruction.
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.


The word comes from the Ancient Greek (paidagōgeō; from país: child and ági: lead; literally, "to lead the child”). In Ancient Greece, was (usually) a slave who supervised the education of his master’s son (girls were not publicly educated). This involved taking him to school () or a gym (), looking after him and carrying his equipment (e.g. musical instruments).
The Latin-derived word for pedagogy, 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. 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").

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pedagogy in Afrikaans: Opvoedkunde
pedagogy in Arabic: تربية
pedagogy in Bulgarian: Педагогика
pedagogy in Breton: Pedagogiezh
pedagogy in Bosnian: Pedagogija
pedagogy in Catalan: Pedagogia
pedagogy in Czech: Pedagogika
pedagogy in Danish: Pædagogik
pedagogy in German: Pädagogik
pedagogy in Esperanto: Pedagogio
pedagogy in Spanish: Pedagogía
pedagogy in Estonian: Kasvatusteadus
pedagogy in Basque: Pedagogia
pedagogy in Finnish: Pedagogiikka
pedagogy in French: Pédagogie
pedagogy in Friulian: Pedagogjie
pedagogy in Galician: Pedagoxía
pedagogy in Croatian: Pedagogija
pedagogy in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Pedagogia
pedagogy in Indonesian: Pedagogi
pedagogy in Icelandic: Uppeldisfræði
pedagogy in Italian: Pedagogia
pedagogy in Japanese: 教育学
pedagogy in Lojban: ctuske
pedagogy in Georgian: პედაგოგიკა
pedagogy in Korean: 교육학
pedagogy in Kirghiz: Педагогика
pedagogy in Lithuanian: Edukologija
pedagogy in Latvian: Pedagoģija
pedagogy in Malay (macrolanguage): Pedagogi
pedagogy in Dutch: Pedagogiek
pedagogy in Norwegian Nynorsk: Pedagogikk
pedagogy in Norwegian: Pedagogikk
pedagogy in Occitan (post 1500): Pedagogia
pedagogy in Polish: Pedagogika
pedagogy in Portuguese: Pedagogia
pedagogy in Russian: Педагогика
pedagogy in Serbo-Croatian: Pedagogija
pedagogy in Slovak: Surdopedagogika
pedagogy in Slovenian: Pedagogika
pedagogy in Serbian: Педагогија
pedagogy in Swedish: Pedagogik
pedagogy in Ukrainian: Педагогіка
pedagogy in Vietnamese: Phương pháp giáo dục
pedagogy in Chinese: 教育学

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

catechization, coaching, didactics, direction, edification, education, enlightenment, guidance, illumination, information, instruction, pedagogics, private teaching, programmed instruction, reeducation, schooling, self-instruction, self-teaching, spoon-feeding, teaching, tuition, tutelage, tutorage, tutoring, tutorship
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