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 (prō′pĭ-do͞o′tĭk, -dyo͞o′-)
Providing introductory instruction.
Preparatory instruction.

[From Greek propaideuein, to teach beforehand : pro-, before; see pro-2 + paideuein, to teach (from pais, paid-, child; see pedo-2).]


(Education) (often plural) preparatory instruction basic to further study of an art or science
(Education) of, relating to, or providing such instruction
[C19: from Greek propaideuein to teach in advance, from pro-2 + paideuein to rear]


(ˌproʊ pɪˈdu tɪk, -ˈdyu-)

adj. Also, pro`pae•deu′ti•cal.
1. pertaining to or of the nature of preliminary instruction.
2. a propaedeutic subject or study.
[1830–40; pro-2 + Greek paideutikós pertaining to teaching =paideú(ein) to teach]


- A subject or course of study that is an introduction to more advanced study or to an art or science.
See also related terms for introduction.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.propaedeutic - a course that provides an introduction to an art or science (or to more advanced study generally)
course, course of instruction, course of study, class - education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes"
Adj.1.propaedeutic - preceding and preparing for something; "preparatory steps"
preceding - existing or coming before
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It appears that the controversy surrounding the counseling of pregnant women in conflict situations was for Joseph Ratzinger a propaedeutic to the contribution that he would make as Pope Benedict XVI to the development of Catholic social teaching.
Looking in turn at themes from Kant, from Hegel, and from the post-Hegelian tradition, they discuss such topics as Kant's practical postulates and the development of German Idealism, a very heterodox reading of the lord-servant-allegory in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, Hegel on the varieties of social subjectivity, the science of logic as the self-constitution of the power of knowledge, and the rediscovery of the Critique of Pure Reason as a propaedeutic to metaphysics: what Heidegger saw and McDowell missed.
In his first, propaedeutic chapter, Decosimo considers St.
In the analysis of the two main reforms pointed out in the Education Development Plan (Plano de Desenvolvimento da Educacao [PDE], 2016), for High School, one refers to the propaedeutic aspect, whose purpose would be to break with the old practice of knowing by heart, transmission to a reflexive one, and the other related to professionalism with the extinction of the mechanistic teaching model, by one hand, are extremely stimulating, on the other, questioning, since even in this model that has been outlined and consolidated, the risks to public education persist, in the sense that the shift to a specific activity adjusted to the so-called free market continues, weakening the public school.
We will not outline a simple propaedeutic for the fulfilment of penitence, our intention is to guide the reader effectively through the world of profound thinking and intense spiritual experience, of superior comprehension and faith, as they are drawn by the spiritual tradition of the great fathers whose writings are included in Paterika as early as of the 3rd-4th century.
19) More than a mere propaedeutic to bolster his own creative faculties, these translations from the French served him as a model to shape his own biographical accounts around those same years.
A public library had been established in 1578, and in 1632 the Athenaeum Illustre was founded as a propaedeutic institution to rival the universities found throughout the United Provinces.
Chapter 6, "An Editorial Propaedeutic," lies at the intersection of bibliography and editorial practice, particularly where textual variants call for adjudication.
In "A Propaedeutic to the Philosophical Hermeneutics of John Dewey," Thomas Jeannot summarizes the connection thusly:
Loewenberg, "A Propaedeutic, Part 2: The Turkish Option," 13 November 2000 (http://www.
The Letters are hard to classify; they belong to that nameless group of books written by philosophers that have the appearance of philosophy, but, on closer inspection, are propaedeutic to the activity of philosophy itself.
Veith examines those two extensive lyrics that fall outside the purview of this study, but which are important to Herbert's stance on the doctrine of the calling: "The Church-porch," which functions as a propaedeutic lyric addressed to a young man that charges him, amid his ordinary endeavors, "to be godly in the world" (231); and the more cosmic, eschatological "The Church Militant," which explores the interface between the invisible Church and the secular world and the struggle between grace and sin throughout history.