People often talk about their ‘pedagogical approach’ to teaching and learning. But what does it actually mean?
What is Pedagogy?
Pedagogy is an encompassing term concerned with what a teacher does to influence learning in others. As the importance of high-quality early childhood education and care services for children has become more clearly understood, so has the teacher/educator’s role in the provision of these services. This demands a clear understanding of the meaning of ‘pedagogy’ and how it plays out in individual educators and services.
Pedagogy is defined simply as the method, and practice, of teaching. It encompasses teaching styles, feedback and assessment, and teacher theory.
When people talk about the pedagogy of teaching, they will be referring to the way teachers deliver the content of the curriculum to a class.
When a teacher plans a lesson, they will consider different ways to deliver the content. That decision will be made based on their own teaching preferences, their experience, and the context that they teach in.
Why is pedagogy important?
Early childhood education and care is concerned with ensuring children achieve positive outcomes. Research on teaching, learning and outcomes shows that quality pedagogy is identified as a key lever for improving children’s outcomes.
Sound research evidence shows what educators can do to provide children with strong foundations for ongoing learning and development in all aspects of life. This evidence must be reflected in educators’ pedagogy if children’s learning and development is to be optimised.