50 quotes from Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes: ‘In a word, learning is decontextualized. Punished by Rewards has ratings and reviews. Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a more successful. Alfie Kohn’s landmark challenge to carrot-and-stick psychology, featuring updated Seasoned with humor and familiar examples, Punished by Rewards.

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But there is another, perhaps surprising explanation. It went along with my casual observation that students to whom I sent commendations soon lost their commendabe behaviors, and it went along with a university class I took in the 80’s about motivational th It has been a while since I read Alfie Kohn’s book.

Some of the outstanding work on creating caring communities is being done by the Developmental Studies Center in Oakland, California. As usual, likely the truth lies in a balance — between Kohn and his critics’ perspectives. Descrilbed by Time magazine last year reqards “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of educational fixation on grades and test scores,” he is a ;unished lecturer, speaker to teachers, parents, and reasearchers accross the country.

It punishrd to go against our everyday experience. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. My staff members seem to give much more of themselves to their jobs.

That is the logical conclusion of being marinated in praise for years. Hence, he offers practical strategies for parents, teachers, and managers to replace carrots and sticks. Apr 10, Sherry sethurner rated it really liked it Shelves: It has been a while since I read Alfie Kohn’s book.

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I’ve mentioned these findings to several people. Having said that, I’ll move on to rewards. Werk aan mijn winkel.

You’re saying that’s the case even for kids who find a certain task rewarding for its b sake? The viewpoints presented are not very compatible with much of what I believed before reading it, so there were quite some revelations in there.


Rewards are most damaging to interest when the task is already intrinsically motivating. We are a society of loyal Skinnerians, unable to think our way out of the box we have reinforced ourselves into.

Punished by Rewards?: A Conversation with Alfie Kohn

Many of those who apply unsuccessfully become bitter. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The fact is he presents the research to back up the utter uselessness of punishments and what appears to be their flip side but isn’t rewards.

Prosocial values are important, but if the environment in which they are taught emhasizes obedience rather than autonomy, all may aflie lost. After rewares and getting a job much sooner than expected, I decided to read this book.

Requesting Permission For photocopyelectronic and online accessand republication requestsgo to the Copyright Clearance Center. We all want to be appreciated, encouraged, and loved. For me, that’s more of an afterthought, so I would’ve preferred a focus on other things. Or when you give readers false dichotomies. She has introduced competition into the classroom. Jan 13, Beth Williams rated it it was amazing. The negative effects of rewards appear over a longer period of time, and by then their connection to the reward may not be obvious which results in rewards continuing to be used.

A good book for beginner teachers. It is possible to feel controlled from the inside as well as the outside; people sometimes pressure themselves in much the same way that they can be pressured by external events. That said, it does suffer being read so long after publication when the related science has advanced so much. So the best strategy I have found is to try and forget about the rewards, and just focus on the doing the best job with the task at hand.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Skillful teaching involves facilitating the process by which kids come to grapple with complex ideas—and those ideas, as John Dewey has told us, have to emerge organically from the real-life interests and concerns of the kids. Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting.


These are the children we should really worry about. There are at least 70 studies showing that extrinsic motivators—including A ‘s, sometimes praise, and other rewards—are not merely ineffective over the long haul but counterproductive with respect to the things that concern us most: Don’t identify as pre-anything. Some control is necessary. A huge amount of research went into this book; all of the findings are extremely well documented.

She has introduced competition into the classroom.

If you’re going to read this, though, make sure you read the follow-up books for advice about what to do instead of offering rewards and punishments. P Ryan and Deci have made an important distinction between 2 versions of internalization. First, let’s make sure we agree on your first premise, which is that punishment is destructive.

Punished by Rewards? A Conversation with Alfie Kohn – Educational Leadership

May 31, Marshall rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: We dangle goodies from candy bars to sales commissions in front of people byy much the same way we train the family pet. Kohn might be opposed to carrots and sticks, but he doesn’t mind rewrads a horse to death! Kohn does not address non-coercive behavioral interventions, which is also a criticism of this work.

It just feels like what makes sense, because it’s so ingrained in our life. Altruism and Empathy in Everyday Life. Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason.