choice theory

External Rewards: Some Hidden Costs

Providing an external reward for learning is so pervasive that most of us never even consider the potential downside. In an earlier post – “Internal Motivation: Present from Birth” –  I suggested that external rewards can actually interfere with learning. … Continue reading

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child development

Internal Motivation: Present From Birth

There is a common belief that internal motivation emerges as children mature. Most people have no trouble accepting that adolescents are internally motivated but cling to the notion that younger children are motivated externally. The truth is that we are … Continue reading

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