ERIC Number: ED305509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Andragogy and Pedagogy: A Comment on Their Erroneous Usage. Training and Development Research Center Project Number Twenty-Nine.
Mohring, Popie M.
The use of the term "andragogy" to mean education of adults and the term "pedagogy" to mean education of children is etymologically inaccurate. Although pedagogy derives from "pais," meaning child, from antiquity pedagogy also has stood for education in general--without reference to learners' ages. Andragogy derives from "aner," meaning adult male and not adult of either sex. Given current efforts to purge English of sexist words, introduction of a term that excludes women is nonsensical. A new term based on the Greek could be coined. "Teleios," not aner, is the Greek word for the English "adult." Andragogy could be replaced by "teleiagogy," a term that includes adults of both sexes. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.