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What A Surprise – NOT! British Study Finds That Cash Rewards Don’t Motivate Students

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In a newly-released study that reinforces scores of others, British researchers found that offering cash is not an effective motivator for students to do better on exams, “homework, behavior, or attendance.”

You can read more at:

Schools told: cash bribes ‘fail to improve GCSE grades’ is from The Telegraph.

Student rewards such as cash and free trips fail to improve GCSE results is from The Guardian.

But I’m sure these results won’t stop others from continuing to try, and fail, in seeking a non-existent market-driven solution to motivation for learning.

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students, where you’ll also find resources on the things that do promote students motivating themselves….

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

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

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  1. Hello Mr. Ferlazzo,
    I was not surprised by the article about how money did not really motivate students. At my high school, there were many programs that offered rewards for doing well in school, however, the students never paid the programs any attention. The students were mainly motivated by certain teachers who gave extra help and had interesting lessons. The students were taught by these teachers how their studies were important, and the fact that the teachers took their time to help made a big impact on the students’ work ethic.
    -Erica Mixon

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