50 quotes from Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes: ‘In a word, learning is decontextualized. Punished by Rewards has ratings and reviews. Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a more successful. Alfie Kohn’s landmark challenge to carrot-and-stick psychology, featuring updated Seasoned with humor and familiar examples, Punished by Rewards.

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If mohn isn’t, go about it like this: My students were stunned when I took over and explained that I do not give treats for asking questions or learning. What is likely to be far more surprising and disturbing is the further point that rewards, like punishments, actually undermine the intrinsic motivation that promotes optimal performance. Apr 19, Beth A. May 31, Marshall rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a more successful strategy based punishes working with people instead of doing things to them.

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Punished by Rewards? A Conversation with Alfie Kohn

Cecilia is not helped one iota to reflect on how her experience affects other people in the room or what kind of person she wants to be. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If you’re going to Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.

I’ve always felt the tension, but never known another way. I felt that the this might what was wring with public education. I should warn you that I found this book disconcerting.


No research supports the idea that praising children for inching up the adult-constructed ladder helps them develop a sense of competence. I think that actually leads to me doing better work than if I keep the rewards in mind.

He believes we should discuss things with kids, employees etc. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Account Options Sign in. We are afraid to tell them when they get something wrong in fear of ruining self-esteem.

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First, “what about praise? There is a parallel thread considering rewards at work. Teachers who depart from this norm by letting them talk more freely are said to have lost control of their classrooms. Kohn might be opposed to carrots and sticks, but he doesn’t mind beating a horse to death! It was also difficult from the audio version to check his sources and see if he was being selective in the research he pumished to back his points, but I have enough life experiences of behaviourism to know exactly what he was talking about most of the time.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The viewpoints presented are not very compatible with much of what I believed before reading it, so there were quite some revelations in there. One critic, Reitman,an advocate for applied behaviorla therapysays Kohn uses outdated information and even misrepresentions on behavior therapy and it’s uses in education.

It allows us to be “consistent” without requiring us to go deeper in understanding motivation and behavior of our children or employees.


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Punished by Rewards?: A Conversation with Alfie Kohn – Alfie Kohn

Or when you give readers false dichotomies. P In another study, … supervisors were told that someone whose work they were overseeing either enjoyed the task or was puhished it just for the money. Paperbackpages. Lastly, give the individual as much control as possible over how the work gets done.

Given the nature of course structures, innovation in order to promote students’ intrinsic motivation to learn is not easy. No kid deserves to be manipulated with extrinsics so as to comply with what others want.

That is not the case with gold stars, candy bars, and A ‘s, which I believe are inherently destructive. Pjnished am amazed by how much we control other people with rewards.

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Quotes from Punished by Rewar So what are you suggesting instead? Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. My rating here is heavily influenced by the fact that this is an older science book, not any deficiencies in the book itself.

And that is a powerful point that Kohn often makes very persuasively. Instead, we need to examine the task itself, the content of the curriculum, to see how it can be made more engaging.