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The tag gets a lot of usage, possibly too much. I propose a discussion to sharpen the meaning of this tag (or to replace it by more specific ones).

The current tag wiki says:

Pedagogy questions ask how to help students learn something.

This seems so broad, it makes it almost empty.

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    $\begingroup$ FYI, it is possible to blacklist a tag and show users who attempt to use it a message like “The tag pedagogy is ambiguous, please use either mathematical-pedagogy or general-pedagogy instead”. You need to ask a Stack Exchange employee to set this up. $\endgroup$ – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jan 1 '15 at 21:09
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I agree that this tag is used very broadly, and that there is a variety of types of questions which uses this tag. The following list is not intended to be complet, but tries to classify the zoo of questions we have.

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  • $\begingroup$ It is useful to have this information handy, thank you! For the first type I guess the existing course-design is good. For the last we might needs some tag, not sure which one. At the moment there is also a meta for this, but that one absolutely must be renamed, IMO. Also the middle category feels not really specific. $\endgroup$ – quid Mar 19 '14 at 17:36
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I vote for removing the tag altogether in favor of more specific tags. Pretty much every question about education could easily be construed as having to do with pedagogy.

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  • $\begingroup$ I also think, it is too broad. Do you have any suggestions for more specific tags? $\endgroup$ – Markus Klein Apr 2 '14 at 16:48
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Update: I am about to start implementing this. Please speak up in case of objections, better ideas, and so on.


I propose the creation of one or two somewhat general tags to be used for some of the questions now tagged :

  1. general-pedagoy: for questions touching upon pedagogical considerations and problems of a general nature, i.e., not specific to mathematics. Please note that some aspect of the question should still be related to mathematics.

  2. mathematical-pedagogy: for questions on general considerations and problems of teaching mathematics, i.e., issues specfic to teaching mathematics yet relevant to various contexts and courses.

Maybe one, then named general-pedagogy, could suffice with a slightly broader description then. But at the moment I am leaning towards having both.

None of them should be used too freqently, but only if it is really a rather general question.

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