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release date: Aug 07, 2018
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Punished by Rewards: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition
“Every parent, teacher, and manager should read this book—and hurry.”—Thomas Gordon, founder of Parent Effectiveness Training
 

The basic strategy we use for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized in six words: Do this and you'll get that. We dangle goodies (from candy bars to sales commissions) in front of people in much the same way that we train the family pet. Since its publication in 1993, this groundbreaking book has convinced countless parents, teachers, and managers that working with people is more successful than doing things to them. “Do rewards motivate people?” asks Kohn. “Yes. They motivate people to get rewards.” Moreover, the use of rewards actually undermines the quality of people’s work or learning—and causes them to lose interest in whatever they’ve been bribed to do. Seasoned with humor and familiar examples—and updated to include a wealth of recent research, Punished by Rewards presents an argument unsettling to hear but impossible to dismiss.
 
release date: Jul 20, 2017
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Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes

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

Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a more successful strategy based on working with people instead of doing things to them. "Do rewards motivate people?" asks Kohn. "Yes. They motivate people to get rewards." Seasoned with humor and familiar examples, Punished by Rewards presents an argument unsettling to hear but impossible to dismiss.

release date: Jul 20, 2017
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Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, As, Praise, and Other Bribes
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.
release date: Jul 26, 2016
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Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason
One basic need all children have, educator Alfie Kohn argues, is to be loved unconditionally, to know that they will be accepted even if they screw up or fall short. Yet conventional approaches to parenting such as punishments (including "time-outs"), rewards (including positive reinforcement), and other forms of control teach children that they are loved only when they please us or impress us. Kohn cites a body of powerful, and largely unknown, research detailing the damage caused by leading children to believe they must earn our approval. That's precisely the message children derive from common discipline techniques, even though it's not the message most parents intend to send. More than just another book about discipline, Unconditional Parenting addresses the ways parents think about, feel about, and act with their children. It invites them to question their most basic assumptions about raising kids while offering a wealth of practical strategies for shifting from "doing to" to "working with" parenting-including how to replace praise with the unconditional support that children need to grow into healthy, caring, responsible people.
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release date: Jul 26, 2016
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Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason
One basic need all children have, educator Alfie Kohn argues, is to be loved unconditionally, to know that they will be accepted even if they screw up or fall short. Yet conventional approaches to parenting such as punishments (including "time-outs"), rewards (including positive reinforcement), and other forms of control teach children that they are loved only when they please us or impress us. Kohn cites a body of powerful, and largely unknown, research detailing the damage caused by leading children to believe they must earn our approval. That's precisely the message children derive from common discipline techniques, even though it's not the message most parents intend to send. More than just another book about discipline, Unconditional Parenting addresses the ways parents think about, feel about, and act with their children. It invites them to question their most basic assumptions about raising kids while offering a wealth of practical strategies for shifting from "doing to" to "working with" parenting-including how to replace praise with the unconditional support that children need to grow into healthy, caring, responsible people.
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release date: Jun 17, 2016
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The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting
Somehow, deeply conservative assumptions about how children behave and how parents raise them have become the conventional wisdom in our society. It’s widely assumed that parents are both permissive and overprotective, unable to set limits and afraid to let their kids fail. We’re told that young people receive trophies, praise, and A’s too easily, and suffer from inflated self esteem and insufficient self-discipline. However, complaints about pushover parents and entitled kids are actually decades old and driven, it turns out, by ideology more than evidence.

With the same lively, contrarian style of Alfie Kohn’s bestselling books about rewards, competition, and traditional education, The Myth of the Spoiled Child systematically debunks the story that we hear with numbing regularity. Kohn uses humor, logic, and his familiarity with a vast range of social science data to challenge media-stoked fears of spoiling our children. He reveals that the major threat to healthy child development isn’t parents who are too indulgent but those who are too controlling.
release date: Sep 07, 2020
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release date: May 05, 2015
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Schooling Beyond Measure and Other Unorthodox Essays About Education

In this collection of provocative articles and blog posts originally published between 2010 and 2014, Alfie Kohn challenges the conventional wisdom about topics ranging from how low-income children are taught, to whether American schools have really fallen behind those in other countries. Why, he asks, do we assume learning can be reduced to numerical data? What leads us to believe that "standards-based" grading will eliminate the inherent limitations of marks? Or that training students to show more "grit" makes sense if the real trouble is with the tasks they've been given to do?

Kohn's analytical style-incisive yet accessible-is brought to bear on big-picture policy issues as well as small-scale classroom interactions. He looks carefully at research about homework, play, the supposed benefits of practice, parent involvement in education, and summer learning loss-discovering in each case that what we've been led to believe doesn't always match what the studies actually say. Kohn challenges us to reconsider the goals that underlie our methods, to explore the often troubling values that inform talk about everything from the disproportionate enthusiasm for STEM subjects to claims made for more "effective" teaching strategies.

During these dark days in which teachers are viewed as expendable test-prep technicians, and "global economic competitiveness" eclipses what children need, Kohn calls for us to summon the courage to act on what we already know makes sense.

Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of thirteen books and scores of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. 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 critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores."

release date: Sep 07, 2020
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Kosulsuz Ebeveynlik : Odul ve Cezalari Terk Edip Sevgi ve Akilciliga Yonelmek
Cogu ebeveyn kitabi, "Cocuklara nasil laf dinletiriz?" sorusuyla baslar ve onlari itaat ettirmenin yollarini tartisir. Alfie Kohn ise tam anlamiyla ezber bozan bu kitapta "Cocuklar neye gereksinim duyar ve bu gereksinimleri nasil karsilariz?" sorusunu soruyor ve saglikli bir psikolojik gelisim yolunda cocuklarla birlikte calismayi hedefleyen yontemleri acikliyor. Her cocugun temel gereksinimi, kosulsuz olarak sevilmek, yetersiz kalsa veya basarisizliga ugrasa bile oldugu gibi kabul edilecegini bilmektir. Ama alisilmis ebeveynlik yaklasimlarinin, yani cezalarin (saplak, yergi, "mola" vs.), odullerin (ovgu, olumlu pekistirme vs.) ve diger kontrol yontemlerinin cocuga verdigi mesaj, ancak bizi memnun etmesi veya etkilemesi kosuluyla sevgi gorecegidir. Aslinda cogu ebeveyn bu mesaji gonderme niyetinde degildir, ama cocugun zihninde olusan izlenim tami tamina bu olur. Kohn ise soz konusu izlenimi yaratmanin yikici etkilerini, ince ince cozumledigi buyuk bir arastirma birikimiyle onumuze koyuyor. Diger yandan, bu kitap yalnizca disipline yonelik bir yapit degildir. Yetiskinlerin cocuklara nasil davrandigini, onlar hakkinda ne dusundugunu ve hissettigini de incelemekte, ebeveynleri cocuk yetistirmeye dair temel varsayimlari sorgulamaya davet etmektedir. Ayrica, cocuklara yapma tekniklerini terk edip cocuklarla calisma tekniklerine kaymakta, diger bir deyisle, sevecen ve sorumlu insanlara donusmek icin gereksinim duyduklari kosulsuz destegi cocuklara saglamakta yararlanilacak gercekci stratejiler de sunmaktadir. Ebeveynligi bambaska bir acidan inceleyen bu kitap, anne ve babalari en yuce icguduleriyle yeniden bulusturacak ve cocuklarina daha da iyi ebeveynlik etme cabalarinda onlari farkli yonlerden esinleyecektir. (Tanitim Bulteninden)
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