Restriction and Reward

Monday, June 11, 2012

"In short, good values have to be grown from the inside out. Attempts to short-circuit this process by dangling rewards in front of individuals are at best ineffective, and at worst counterproductive. Individuals are likely to become enthusiastic, lifelong learners as a result of being provided with an engaging activities; a safe, caring community in which to discover and create; and a significant degree of choice about what (and how and why) they are learning." ERIC/EECE. Publications. Digests. The Risks of Rewards Alfie Kohn

"We shall begin this article with a short story (McCullagh, 2005). Once there was a man, who lived in a house and had a lawn. And kids would come to play on this mans lawn to have fun. The man began to be annoyed by this, and decided to do something about it. So, strangely enough...he paid them a dollar to come play on his lawn. The kids happily took the dollar and played on his lawn. The next day, the man told the kids that he did not have enough money, so he could only give them 50 cents to come play on his lawn. On the third day, he told them he could only give them a nickel to come play on his lawn. The kids were displeased with this, and told the man he could forget that, and that they would not play on his lawn for such a cheap reward. What happened? These kids played on his lawn before for absolutely nothing, but now, they quit playing, even though they were offered a nickel! Well, it just so happens that this man understood an important concept in Sport Psychology. That is, the effects of external rewards on intrinsic motivation." - The Effects of External Rewards on Intrinsic Motivation Gabriel “Venom” Wilson, BSc. (Hons), CSCS

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    Haha glad I could help.

    Yes I agree I'm glad my parents didn't push me all the time and just let me do my own thing. I think Maturity slows down when you are not allowed to explore things for yourself and your restricted by the rewards and punishments that are presented. I would have never started investigating health and nutrition if some had told me too, like wise If I started to make money of off this and turn it into a career I would lose all motivation.

    It is because of this that I don't set goals, I just write, read Pub med studies, and comb through books out of pure curiosity and nothing else. Hopefully curiosity will not kill this "punk kid" haha

    Good luck with all your endeavors

    2481 days ago
    Why do I come to you..."some punk kid", as you refer to yourself.....for my lessons on life??? Feeling guilty about never rewarding my three daughters for grades, household chores, or good behavior, I started rewarding my granddaughters for accomplishing these things. Now you have made me realize that this method is not going to be a life-long motivational technique.

    Meanwhile, I now realize how insignificant the sparkpoints are in motivating us to improve our behavior. Becoming a healthy person should be the ultimate reward.

    For being "some punk kid" you sure know how to influence this old ladiy's thinking! emoticon
    2481 days ago
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