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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1993 - Psychology - 398 pages
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An acclaimed author and lecturer indicts the practice of manipulating people with external incentives. Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Kohn points the way to a more successful strategy based on working with people instead of doing things to them. 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  - Emily - Goodreads

Gotta love Kohn and his anti-behavioralist stance on punishment and rewards. I know I do :) This one could have been said in fewer words though, or I would have given five stars. 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

Is It Right to Reward?
19
Is It Effective to Reward?
35
The Praise Problem
96
Copyright

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Alfie Kohn was described by "Time" as "the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades & test scores." The author of the influential "No Contest" & "Punished by Rewards," he writes & speaks widely about human behavior, education, & social theory. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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