Importance of Educology for Improving Education Systems

  • Theodore W. FrickEmail author
Living reference work entry


Educology is “knowledge of education.” Since knowledge is “recorded signs of knowing” and education is “intended and guided learning,” educology is therefore “recorded signs of knowing about intended and guided learning.” Knowledge of education systems is also part of educology. Distinctions are made in educology among terms that include education, education system, learning, knowing, signs, and knowledge. Precisely defined terms are required for educology to advance, much as has been done in disciplines such as physics, biology, physiology, and anatomy. If we are to improve education systems, then we must create worthwhile education. Worthwhile education is defined in educology as “education that is both instrumentally good and intrinsically good.”

Note that italics font is specifically used in this chapter to identify terms that are defined precisely in educology. Formal definitions of terms in educology are enclosed in double quotation marks. Appendix A “Defined and Undefined Terms in Educology” includes a list of basic terms and their definitions.


Educology Knowledge Education Education system Learning Knowing Signs Theory Universals Terminology Definitions Effective education Worthwhile education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Instructional Systems TechnologySchool of Education, Indiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eugene Kowch
    • 1
  1. 1.Werklund School of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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