Author: Matthew G Springer

What gets students motivated to work harder? Not money

The Conversation Rewarding teachers financially for student achievement is an increasingly common practice, despite mixed evidence as to whether it improves results. Some scholars have instead suggested paying students. But giving kids cash for grades and scores hasn’t proved straightforward either. So maybe the answer isn’t monetary. Could students be better motivated by something as simple as a little formal recognition? While I was serving as director of the National Center on Performance Incentives at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, my colleagues and I sought answers in the decisions of various actors in American public schools. The results may...

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