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[ped-uh-goh-jee, -goj-ee]
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noun, plural ped·a·go·gies.
  1. the function or work of a teacher; teaching.
  2. the art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods.

Origin of pedagogy

First recorded in 1575–85, pedagogy is from the Greek word paidagōgía office of a child's tutor. See pedagogue, -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for pedagogy


  1. the principles, practice, or profession of teaching
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Word Origin and History for pedagogy


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

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