Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 30, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 448 pages
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The basic strategy we use for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized in six words: Do this and you'll get that. We dangle goodies (from candy bars to sales commissions) in front of people in much the same way we train the family pet. Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a more successful strategy based on working with people instead of doing things to them. "Do rewards motivate people?" asks Kohn. "Yes. They motivate people to get rewards." Seasoned with humor and familiar examples, Punished By Rewards presents an argument unsettling to hear but impossible to dismiss.
  

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Rock-solid research offered with cheeky humor. - Goodreads
I didn't give this book a 5 for fantastic writing. - Goodreads
Fantastic motivational insights. - Goodreads

Review: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes

User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

The overarching premise of this book is that rewarding people can actually decrease the desired behavior. When people are manipulated by "if you do [x], then you get [y]" type rewards, the extrinsic ... Read full review

Review: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes

User Review  - Magnus Siverbrant - Goodreads

This is an important book. And it challenges one prominent "common sence" that are driving behaviors we se around us everyday. The case for why the practice of "if you do this then you will get that ... Read full review

Contents

PART ONE THE CASE AGAINST REWARDS
PART TWO REWARDS IN PRACTICE
PART THREE BEYOND REWARDS
AFTERWORD
Back Matter
Back Cover
Spine
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Alfie Kohn's six previous books include Punished by Rewards and No Contest: The Case Against Competition, as well as Beyond Displine and What to Look for in a Classroom. Descrilbed by Time magazine last year as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of educational fixation on grades and test scores," he is a popular lecturer, speaker to teachers, parents, and reasearchers accross the country. The author currently resides in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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