What is Pedagogy and why should we care?

Pete Atherton

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Without giving too much away, you should care – a lot.

If you have trained as a teacher, you will have explored theories about teaching and learning. Let us park these for now and attend to what the term ‘pedagogy’ can mean in the everyday world of a teacher.

In short, pedagogy relates to how you teach. This blog will develop this to explore how pedagogy is now much more complex than the analogue in the 1990's when I started teaching.

When I trained to be an English teacher, I would spend endless hours studying texts in preparation for my lessons. I already thought I knew some of these texts well but there were also a few that I did not study for my degree. In any case, the level of knowledge required to teach Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 was much more precise than the sometimes tangential, indulgent, theoretical ideas in which I had been proudly immersed at an undergraduate level.

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Pete Atherton
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Pete Atherton is a passionate, skilled and committed educator.

He has been a teacher and consultant for over 20 years and is now a lead Tutor at LJMU and Edge Hill University. He is also a published author and acclaimed ed-tech visionary.

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