A brief note on Pedagogy
The formal definition of Pedagogy states that,’ it is the discipline that deals with the theory and practice of education’. The simple explanation of the above technical definition would say that the practice and study of imparting education in the most effective way towards the learners could be said as pedagogy in a single word. It aims to bring out the best way to teach that can imprint the sense of knowledge amongst the learners. The scope of pedagogy includes the general lines of teaching as well as that of vocational education as well.
The term is derived from the Greek words paidagōgia and paidagōgos. The literal translation of the word is ‘to lead the child’. The original reference of the term pedagogue was used in ancient Rome as those slaves who escorted their master’s children to school. However, the modern analogy includes those special instructors who help the toddlers to learn some life preparing knowledge during their pre-school days. Many of the universities nowadays provide degrees in pedagogy.
One of the notable philosophies in the field of pedagogy is ‘critical pedagogy’. The term was first coined by the Brazilian philosopher and educator Paulo Reglus Neves Freire. This concept differed from the original one in terms that the educator would not only impart the knowledge as per books but would also improvise upon it as per their personal philosophical beliefs. The other factors that were important for ‘critical pedagogy’ include the experience and background knowledge of the pupil, environment and situation.