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Used to tag educational or pedagogical theory of an element, especially schools and kindergartens. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: education
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Status: approvedPage for proposal


Use this tag to describe to denote the educational theory (pedagogy) of an element. This tag is especially relevant for schools and kindergartens.

Many institutions adhere to pedagogical philosophies that differ from mainstream schooling in their local area. Schools and kindergartens which follow a particular pedagogy are often sought after by parents and prospective students. Typical examples of unique pedagogical schools include Waldorf (aka Steiner) schools, and Montessori schools. Specialist pedagogy schools are distinct from religious schooling, in which a school is associated with a particular religion=*.

How to map

The key is applied to a node, area or relation which may hold a pedagogical philosophy, such as amenity=school, amenity=kindergarten, amenity=college, amenity=childcare, and so on.


Many major pedagogical approaches are listed below, but it should not be considered exhaustive. For schools that use a blended pedagogical approach (such as a reform school which uses parts of multiple pedagogies), the hybrid value should be used.

Tagging Description Usage count (Taginfo)
hybrid A blended, bespoke, or otherwise uncategorisable alternative education model.
mainstream An unspecified mainstream educational model specific to the local area. Is not required in most cases, as it is assumed to be the "default" approach.
outdoor For entities that adhere to the philosophy of outdoor education.
dalton For entities that are associated with the Dalton Plan.
freinet For entities that are associated with the Freinet Modern School Movement.
jenaplan For entities that are associated with the Jenaplan concept.
montessori For entities that adhere to the philosophy of the Montessori education system.
reggio_emilia For entities that adhere to the Reggio Emilia approach.
sudbury For entities that adhere to the Sudbury school system.
waldorf For entities that adhere to the philosophy of the Waldorf education (aka Steiner education) system.
user defined For any other named pedagogical philosophy