Punished by Rewards

Punished by Rewards

The Trouble With Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes

Book - 1993
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Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1993
ISBN: 9780395650288
0395650283
Characteristics: xiv, 398 p. ; 24 cm

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danielestes
Jun 13, 2013

You would have to be a dyed-in-the-wool behaviorist or at least some kind of sociological conservative not to be persuaded by Alfie Kohn's compelling, if unnecessarily overlong, case against using rewards of any kind as a motivator. What amazes me is how easy it is to fall into the reward trap when interacting with others. And the scenarios seem universal whether you're in a classroom, at home or at work. Rewards and punishments are like a jackhammer to a problem--it will probably get the job done quickly, but in the clumsiest, messiest way possible.

My recommendation for this book is to read the first 100 pages (all of Part 1, "The Case Against Rewards") and then skim the rest.

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