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Jessienuan

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Chinese-Mandarin
Hello,

I am writing a teaching related report about my experience as a course instructor. Can I write "I collected my students' feedback to improve pedagogy"? Is the usage of "pedagogy" suitable here?

Thank you!
 
  • Enquiring Mind

    Senior Member
    English - the Queen's
    "Pedagogy" is clumsy in English in pretty much any context, Jessienuan.
    I recommend "... to improve my teaching technique" (assuming, of course, that you're referring to your own teaching technique).
     

    Roxxxannne

    Senior Member
    English (northeastern US)
    If your university often uses the word 'pedagogy' to pertain to the practice and theory of teaching then you should feel free to use it. Otherwise use something that's been suggested above.
    By the way, collecting their feedback is not sufficient to improve your teaching. You should say something about how you use their feedback once you've collected it.
     

    Linkway

    Senior Member
    British English
    Can I write "I collected my students' feedback to improve pedagogy"? Is the usage of "pedagogy" suitable here?
    Pedagogy and pedagogical are appropriate in the context of teacher training, teaching methods and the professional development of teachers.

    But you need to be more specific; you are presumably hoping to improve your own pedagogy, rather than pedagogy in general.

    Try:
    ...improve my pedagogy...
    or:
    ...improve my own pedagogical understanding and practice...
     

    Jessienuan

    Senior Member
    Chinese-Mandarin
    Pedagogy and pedagogical are appropriate in the context of teacher training, teaching methods and the professional development of teachers.

    But you need to be more specific; you are presumably hoping to improve your own pedagogy, rather than pedagogy in general.

    Try:
    ...improve my pedagogy...
    or:
    ...improve my own pedagogical understanding and practice...
    Thank you, Linkway! It is very helpful!
     

    Linkway

    Senior Member
    British English
    I've seen the word more often in this forum than I did in the 58 years before I joined it.
    Perhaps, but remember context context context!
    I agree it is not widely used in general discourse, but is very common in some contexts, particularly educational methodology.

    I am sure that all of us can think of vital specialist terminology in contexts that we individually are or were involved in, but which are not used much in general English, if at all.
    Just try searching Amazon books for "pedagogy" and you will find lots with that word in the book title - and there are no doubt many more with it in the text.
     
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