By Steve Wheeler
Following on from my recent posts on praxis and the meaning of education, here are a few thoughts on pedagogy. If you ask someone what a pedagogue is, they are likely to reply ‘a teacher’. One fairly limited definition of the word pedagogue is: a school teacher. Another less kind definition suggests that pedagogues are people who instruct in a dogmatic or pedantic manner. We seem to have many views on the nature of pedagogy and how it is conducted. Unfortunately, these often lead to confusion. To gain a clear understanding of pedagogy, we first need to examine the origin – the etymology – of the word.