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==Definition==
 
==Definition==
  
'''Examples first''' is a (controversial) pedagogical principle that states that a discussion of a few relevant examples should ''precede'' the formal definition (and perhaps in some cases the formal definition is not needed at all). This is in contrast with the more common pedagogical approach where the definition is presented first, ''then'' examples are presented or discussed to reinforce or clarify the definition.
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'''Examples first''' is a (controversial) pedagogical principle that states that a discussion of a few relevant examples should ''precede'' the formal definition (and perhaps in some cases the formal definition is not needed at all). This is in contrast with the more common pedagogical approach of [[define then discuss]], ''then'' examples are presented or discussed to reinforce or clarify the definition.
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
  
 
* [http://gowers.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/my-favourite-pedagogical-principle-examples-first/ My favourite pedagogical principle: examples first!] by Tim Gowers
 
* [http://gowers.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/my-favourite-pedagogical-principle-examples-first/ My favourite pedagogical principle: examples first!] by Tim Gowers

Revision as of 19:54, 28 December 2013

Definition

Examples first is a (controversial) pedagogical principle that states that a discussion of a few relevant examples should precede the formal definition (and perhaps in some cases the formal definition is not needed at all). This is in contrast with the more common pedagogical approach of define then discuss, then examples are presented or discussed to reinforce or clarify the definition.

External links