No Contest: The Case Against Competition

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1992 - Business & Economics - 324 pages
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Competition may be as American as apple pie, but social scientist Alfie Kohn argues that our struggle to defeat one another--at work, at school, at play, and at home--turns all of us into losers. Contrary to the myths with which we have been raised, Kohn shows that competition is not an inevitable part of human nature. It does not motivate us to do our best. Rather than building character, competition sabotages self-esteem and ruins relationships. Kohn argues that we need to restructure our institutions so that one person's success does not depend on another's failure. For this revised edition, he adds a detailed account of how students can learn more effectively by working cooperatively in the classroom instead of struggling to be Number One.--From publisher description.
  

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Review: No Contest: The Case Against Competition

User Review  - Hannah - Goodreads

While I was reading this book, I kind of hated it. The prose is really technical, I didn't understand all of his references, and the font was weird and tiny. But when I started discussing this book ... Read full review

Review: No Contest: The Case Against Competition

User Review  - Sue Keay - Goodreads

Another great book by Alfie Kohn. This tackles the evidence against competition and challenges the assumption that pervades modern society that competition is somehow "good". Reasonable and convincing ... Read full review

Contents

ONE
1
IS COMPETITION INEVITABLE?
11
THREE
45
FOUR
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six
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SEVEN
158
EIGHT
168
NINE
182
The Effects of Cooperative Learning
202
AFTERWORD
233
Notes
247
References
289
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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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