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The term "ergonagy" is formed from the Greek terms "ergon" (work) and "agogos" (lead). Ergonagy integrates concepts associated with education and training related to preparation for, and performance of, work. Pedagogy may be defined as the art and science of teaching, and andragogy may be defined as the art and science of helping adults learn. Ergonagy may be defined as the art and science of helping people learn to work. These definitions provide a basis for addressing the question of whether ergonagy can be considered a component of education in conjunction with pedagogy and andragogy, and thus provide a clearer and more universally accepted concept of occupational-vocational education and training. Five case studies illustrating how education is defined and implemented in Japan and in the United States were examined to shed light on that question. The cases provided evidence that neither pedagogy nor andragogy can be the sole strategy for occupational and vocational education and training. Rather, a combination of the two, in the form of ergonagy, is most appropriate inasmuch as it subsumes pedagogy and andragogy and more clearly defines and describes occupational-vocational education and training for better international dialogue, research, and comparative studies. (Contains 13 references) (MN)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Andragogy, Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Definitions, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Educational Principles, Educational Research, Educational Theories, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education

Author: Tanaka, Kazutoshi; Evers, Michael B.


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