I'm looking for words like to polish, to shape, to mould, to forge, to chisel etc that could also be used in the context of pedagogy. Thanks.
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As John Lawler comments, an ontology (or several parts of one) would be needed to answer your question. This answer is not such, merely a sampling of the many verbs related to polish “that could also be used in the context of pedagogy”.
• brush up, “To review; to improve an existing but rusty or under-developed skill”
• burnish, “To make smooth or shiny by rubbing; to polish; to shine”
• fine tune, “To make small adjustments to something until optimization is achieved”
• gloss, “To give a gloss or sheen to” et al
• polish, “To refine; remove imperfections from” et al
• refine, “To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence”
• rub up, to refresh one's memory
• shine, “To make bright; to cause to shine by reflected light”
• smooth, to round out, to wear away rough edges, to make more sophisticated
• varnish, “To apply varnish”, “To gloss over a defect”
• sleek, “To make smooth or glossy; to polish or cause to be attractive” [Unfortunately, wiktionary doesn't show an entry for sleeken, nor for couthen, both of which seem good choices. It does have smoothen.]
craftmanship in terms of educating: to sharpen, to hone, to engrave, to sculpt, to carve (no worse than chisel;-), to form, to fashion,to reshape, to frame, to cast
Look for hyponyms of craft [verb]:
to make or produce something skilfully, esp. by hand; to put (something) into proper and usually carefully worked out form; make out of components (often in an improvising manner):
work, create, model, mint, fabricate, fashion, form, forge, mold, sculpture, shape, devise, build, construct, make; assemble …
Takes some work on your part to compile a complete list. Some nouns for a hint: Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "craft")