Pedagogy is latest buzz word in education circles since the quality of classroom teaching is being seen in terms of its pedagogical soundness. The word pedagogy comes from the Greek language and means "to lead the child" to the school or learning. With the studies in the area of 'how children learn', new learning theories have been developed and tested, and pedagogy is the application of these theories into the real classroom situation.
In the last two decades, a lot of research and knowledge generation has happened in pedagogy as a science of teaching and learning, such that it has assumed itself as an independent area of knowledge. Now, post-graduation courses are being offered to become an educational scientist or pedagogue to use classrooms as educational laboratories to apply learning processes with purity under controlled learning environment or social conditions.
Here is the ABC of pedagogy to become literate about this area of knowledge.
A: Art and science of teaching children, mastered through experimentation and practice, in teaching-learning processes
B: Being a pedagogue by facilitating learning process and scaffolding mental processes - such as recognizing, recalling, analyzing, reflecting, applying, creating, understanding and evaluating
C: Cognitivism of learning by doing and analysis of experiences to develop linked conceptual knowledge
D: Development of metacognition, or the ability to learn how to learn
E: Emphasis on social learning environment or pedagogical setting and teaching-learning-evaluation continuum or soundness of pedagogical experience
A pedagogue, or practitioner of pedagogy, assists learners to integrate their prior knowledge with new knowledge through analysis of structured classroom experiences of children to unfold their innate learning potential. It is said that a true pedagogue transform children into autonomous learners gradually.