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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Rock-solid research offered with cheeky humor. - Goodreads
I didn't give this book a 5 for fantastic writing. - Goodreads
Fantastic motivational insights. - Goodreads
I found it validating, well researched, and insightful. - Goodreads

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

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So, I admit, I put this on my list because as a doctoral student in education, I feel I should have read this book. I did not dig Daniel Pink's Drive, which is a similar premise. However, this book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joseph Green - Goodreads

A great book making the case against rewarding kids with material things. Read full review

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Contents

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

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About the author (1993)

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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