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Maternal Pedagogy

  • By: Sharon M. Abbey
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Maternal pedagogy is the science or art of teaching children based on the belief, values, methods, principles, and practices of mothers and primary care-givers that informs learning activities and strategies. The term refers to various kinds of dynamic and multi-dimensional, teaching-learning interactions and subjective transactions between mothers, their children, and other significant teachers that extend beyond a unilinear transmission and objectified model of content delivery from expert to novice. In contrast to educational or professional pedagogy that is prescribed or practiced in most traditional school settings, maternal pedagogy emphasizes the needs and autonomy of the individual child beyond institutional boundaries rather than foregrounding the authority, control, and expertise of the teacher and the delivery of standardized curriculum.

According to the strategy of maternal pedagogy, mothering practices ...

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