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Building lifelong readers: Do reward systems help?

from Education Week (commentary)

Liana Heitin, a contributor for Education Week, writes: "Can reward systems help make students into readers? While going through a stack of journals on my desk yesterday, I happened on an article by developmental psychologist Daniel Willingham in the spring issue of American Educator addressing just that question. Willingham is not a fan of "if you read, then you get ice cream" types of reward systems. Some research has found they may lead to potential short-term increases in reading, but they don't improve students' attitudes towards reading overall." more


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