Extrinsic Reinforcement Of The Classroom : Bribery Or Best Practice

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According to the article “Extrinsic Reinforcement in the Classroom: Bribery or Best Practice” the debate over the use of extrinsic reinforcement in classrooms has been going on for over 30 years. And even some theorist have caution about the use of reward even though some others have found little to any detrimental effect about it. Extrinsic reinforcement is one of the type of positive reinforcement the other type being intrinsic reinforcement. According to Akin-Little “A review of several educational psychology books (Slavin, 1997; Woolfolk, 2004) reveals a more balanced view of the effects of rewards by including the findings of Cameron and Pierce (1994), along with Deci and Ryan (1985) and Lepper et al. (1973). This is an encouraging sign because many of the findings in this area support the effectiveness of reinforcement procedures in the classroom…” (Akin-Little, 2004). Extrinsic reinforcement include verbal praise, token economies, group contingencies, contracts, and others. Akin-Little asked the same question Maag asked in the article “Rewarded by Punishment: Reflections on the Disuse of Positive Reinforcement in Schools” about why education careers don’t encourage the understanding and the practice of reinforcement in their curriculum to be use at school more. But according to Cameron in the article “Reinforcement, reward, and Intrinsic Motivation: A Meta-Analysis” the reinforcement theory has had an impact on education, that education professors teach the basic…

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