Pedagogy / Educational Science
What is the meaning of "Pedagogy"?
"Pedagogy" is known as the science and art of education. Its aims range from theories about society and the human being to skill acquisition.
A "Pedagogue" is known as a practitioner of pedagogy, the word itself etymologically goes back to the slave who escorts Roman children to school.
Even though Pedadogy on one side is a practical science, the theoretical underlinings of Pedagogy are highly theoretical and non-empirical. Pedagogy is strongly linked to philosophical and humanistic traditions, discussing norms, values and theories of society and their Pedagogues.
What is the aim of "Educational Science"?
The nowadays Pedagogy more and more takes empirical research into account. This is expressed in the change of the name of this scientific subject: Educational science focus on the creation and empirical evaluation on methods for shaping behavior with focus on family and school.
Key questions of Pedagogy / Educational Science
Pedagogy focus on general questions concerning the society:
Educational Science focus on the methods:
Relation between Pedagogy and Developmental/Educational Psychology
The difference between Pedagogy and Psychology can be described by the order of interest in the
core questions: Pedagogy asks at first about the way of the society, and then about the methods how to
be successful to help the child becoming part of it.