Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963992 | Print ISBN: 9781412906784 | Online ISBN: 9781412963992| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Eugene F. Provenzo Jr
The origin of the term pedagogy is the ancient Greek word paideia . The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word as meaning “the sum of physical and intellectual achievement to which an individual or (collectively) a society can aspire; a society's culture.” Paideia in the fifth century BCE was synonymous with the term childrearing . In the fourth century BCE, it came to mean education as reflecting the ways of a culture. The idea that education reflects the ways of a culture—in other words, its values and beliefs—is a concept ...