# Difference between revisions of "Examples first"

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* [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 | ||

+ | * [https://byorgey.wordpress.com/2009/01/12/abstraction-intuition-and-the-monad-tutorial-fallacy/ Abstraction, intuition, and the “monad tutorial fallacy”] by Brent Yorgey |

## Revision as of 01:32, 25 October 2018

## 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

- My favourite pedagogical principle: examples first! by Tim Gowers
- Abstraction, intuition, and the “monad tutorial fallacy” by Brent Yorgey