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Define then discuss

256 bytes added, 20:20, 28 December 2013
Criteria for deciding whether to use "define then discuss" or alternate methods
* '''Consider time constraints''': "Define then discuss" works well in case of limited time, or in case of uncertainty over the amount of time available. Note that examples can be added and explored later if more time becomes available.
* '''Consider the extent to which the definition provides a ''hook'' for further exploration''': In cases where the definition provides ''some'' way of facilitating further exploration, this approach works well. In cases where the definition is very difficult to meaningfully work with for exploration, this approach works badly.
* '''Consider the extent to which the discussion phase of "define then discuss" will reinforce long-term retention of the definition''': The more the act of working through examples or deducing attributes requires one to master the definition, the better.
* '''Consider the extent to which the discussion phase of "define then discuss" will reinforce past learning''': The more that the act of constructing examples or deducing attributes helps reinforce past knowledge or skills that need to be acquired and honed anyway, the better this approach works.
Note that any comparative analysis would also consider whether the alternate methods work well in the context. Some definitions may be fertile for exploration, but the [[examples first]] approach may also be very promising. In contrast, some definitions may be extremely opaque regardless of the approach we use.

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