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ERIC Number: EJ1036643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Stop the Pay, Stop the Play
Gardiner, Steve
Phi Delta Kappan, v95 n8 p39-42 May 2014
While it may seem almost intuitive that offering rewards to students will yield better results, that is not how it works; the result often is the opposite. The paradox of rewards is that their effect often has a limited impact on students, who then will lose curiosity; it also makes them feel as if they are being controlled--a negative motivating influence. Kohn explained that praise can be used as a reward with positive results if teachers follow certain steps: (1) Don't praise people, only what people do; (2) Make praise as specific as possible; (3) Avoid phony praise; and (4) Avoid praise that sets up a competition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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