Incentives for Students

Educators, psychologists, social science researchers, and policy makers have long debated about whether or not to utilize rewards to motivate students to work harder in school. Many professionals in schools and colleges are either staunchly for or against using incentives, but the research suggests that a more differentiated view is helpful. The intrinsic motivation to learn (a love for learning) is not fostered by providing tangible rewards for studying and paying attention in school. In fact, numerous studies have indicated that an emphasis on tangible rewards, such as money and gold stars, can dampen students’ intrinsic motivation to learn. On the other hand, genuine praise for studious behavior and talent development can be a powerful incentive in that it has the potential to increase ...

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