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

User Review  - Kristen Hovet - Goodreads

A life-changer. This has changed my perspective on parenting, counselling, teaching, and being the subject of so many incentive programs and extrinsic motivators. Well-written and clear, with compelling arguments and research overviews. Read full review

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

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

Not done yet, but writing this in case I don't finish it. It seems like an interesting idea, but it also seems like it could be a fraction of the size and be helpfully more succinct. I wish I knew where he was going with the whole thing.... Read full review

Contents

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