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New Study Says Freedom & Autonomy More Important Than Money (& Classroom Incentives?)


A meta-analysis of data from 63 countries has just been published by the American Psychological Association concluding that “freedom and personal autonomy are more important to people’s well-being than money.”

This is no surprise to readers of William Glasser and Daniel Pink, but it can’t hurt to have a little more evidence.

It seems to reinforce the idea that we might be better off in the classroom spending more time emphasizing student choice, cooperative learning and helping develop intrinsic motivation than extrinsic rewards and punishments.

You might also be interested in these “The Best…” lists:

The Best Posts & Articles About Providing Students With Choices

The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas

My Best Posts On “Motivating” Students

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. How can teachers provide students with something they lack, namely freedom and autonomy? As learning becomes standardized, teachers are given less and less room to use their creativity, their innovative spark, their personalities to teach their students.

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