Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn audiobook

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

By Alfie Kohn
Read by Alfie Kohn

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13.17 Hours Unabridged
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Our basic strategy for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summed up in six words: Do this, and you'll get that. We dangle goodies (from candy bars to sales commissions) in front of people in the same way that we train the family pet. Unfortunately, attempts to manipulate people with incentives ultimately fail and even do lasting harm. Drawing from hundreds of studies, Kohn demonstrates that people actually do inferior work when they are enticed with money, grades, or other rewards. What's more, they tend to lose interest in whatever they have been manipulated with rewards to do. Over the years, this groundbreaking book has persuaded countless parents, teachers, and managers that rewards and punishments are actually two sides of the same coin, and it's a coin that doesn't buy very much. Kohn explains what it means to work with people instead of doing things to them—at home, at school, and at work. Seasoned with humor—and containing new studies and stories in an Afterword written for the book's revised edition—Punished by Rewards presents an argument unsettling to hear but impossible to dismiss.

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Our basic strategy for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summed up in six words: Do this, and you'll get that. We dangle goodies (from candy bars to sales commissions) in front of people in the same way that we train the family pet.

Unfortunately, attempts to manipulate people with incentives ultimately fail and even do lasting harm. Drawing from hundreds of studies, Kohn demonstrates that people actually do inferior work when they are enticed with money, grades, or other rewards. What's more, they tend to lose interest in whatever they have been manipulated with rewards to do.

Over the years, this groundbreaking book has persuaded countless parents, teachers, and managers that rewards and punishments are actually two sides of the same coin, and it's a coin that doesn't buy very much. Kohn explains what it means to work with people instead of doing things to them—at home, at school, and at work. Seasoned with humor—and containing new studies and stories in an Afterword written for the book's revised edition—Punished by Rewards presents an argument unsettling to hear but impossible to dismiss.

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A clear, convincing demonstration of the shortcomings of pop-behaviorism, written with style, humor, and authority. Kirkus
“A clear, convincing demonstration of the shortcomings of pop-behaviorism, written with style, humor, and authority.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Alfie Kohn

Author Bio: Alfie Kohn

Alfie Kohn is the author of over a dozen previous books—including The Homework Myth, Unconditional Parenting, and Punished by Rewards—and hundreds of articles. His work has helped to shape the thinking of parents, educators, and social scientists throughout the world. A popular lecturer, he lives in the Boston area.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Family & Relationships
Runtime: 13.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English