What is Pedagogy? What is a Curriculum?


In early childhood education, there remains confusion between what is pedagogy and what is curriculum. 

Why is it important to understand the difference between curriculum and pedagogy? 

We, as early childhood educators, need to understand the difference to be able to develop responses that seek to narrow the multiplicity of early childhood environments to a standardized platform of how young children are educated.

In traditional education, curriculum is the content you teach, while pedagogy is seen as the way in which you teach it. 

Pedagogy and curriculum thus blend together as the understanding between how to teach and why you teach in a certain way as defined in K-12 education. 

In learner-centered education, pedagogy (why we teach the way we do) takes on a new meaning because it incorporates elements that may be missing from practices in the wider early childhood education field. 

Professional standards norm a community of practice, supporting the enactment of a consistent and recognized curriculum (how we teach) based on a theoretical framework that is consistent across all programs. 

Looking at the differences between curriculum and pedagogy may open up some new insights and questions about how we approach our work with children.

What are the influences of curriculum and pedagogy in your work with children? How does looking at the differences between the two inform your practice?