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Unbelievable! Loss Aversion Researchers Continue Their Disconnection To Classroom Reality In Upcoming Third Study

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I’ve previously written (as others have) a lot about the recent loss aversion studies where both students and teachers have been given cash or prizes and then had them taken away if test scores didn’t measure up to expectations — see my Washington Post piece, Merit pay and ‘loss aversion:’ Nonsense studies and The Best Posts On “Loss Aversion” & Schools.

Today, Sarah Sparks wrote an article in Education Week about the student loss aversion study.

One of the researchers discussed their next study:

Ms. Sadoff said the researchers are in the process of studying whether it may be more effective to allow teachers to choose two students each week to be awarded the money

Now, that will obviously enhance a sense of community in the classroom!

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