Pedagogy () is the discipline that deals with the theory and practice of teaching. Pedagogy informs teaching strategies, teacher actions, and teacher judgments and decisions by taking into consideration theories of learning, understandings of students and their needs, and the backgrounds and interests of individual students. Pedagogy includes how the teacher interacts with students and the social and intellectual environment the teacher seeks to establish. Spanning a broad range of practice, its aims range from furthering liberal education (the general development of human potential) to the narrower specifics of vocational education (the imparting and acquisition of specific skills).
Instructive strategies are governed by the pupil’s background knowledge and experience, situation, and environment, as well as learning goals set by the student and teacher. One example would be the Socratic schools of thought.
The teaching of adults, as a specific group, is referred to as andragogy.
Andragogy refers to methods and principles used in adult education. The word comes from the Greek ἀνδρ- andr-, meaning “man”, and ἀγωγός agogos, meaning “leader of”; it literally means “leading man”, whereas “pedagogy” literally means “leading children”.
The profession of teaching.
The activities of educating, teaching or instructing.
The strategies of instruction.
The methods or techniques used to teach adults; adult education. from 20th c.
the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept
“the relationship between applied linguistics and language pedagogy”
the method and practice of teaching adult learners; adult education
“much has been written about andragogy in general education circles over the past fifty years”