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pedagogic adj : of or relating to pedagogy; "pedagogical significance" [syn: pedagogical]

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First attested in 1781. From etyl fr pédagogique from etyl la paedagogicus from etyl grc παιδαγωγικός from παιδαγωγός from παῖς + ἄγω.


  • a RP /ˌpɛdəˈgɒdʒɪk/, /%pEd@"gQdZIk/
  • a US /ˌpɛdəˈgɑːdʒɪk/, /%pEd@"gA:dZIk/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒdʒɪk


  1. Of, or relating to pedagogy; teaching.
  2. Haughty and formal.


of, or relating to pedagogy
haughty and formal

Extensive Definition

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").

External links

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