Creating motivating learning environments: What we can learn from researchers and students

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: Punishment and reward schemes don’t foster motivation in students; instead, Daniels recommends active learning and stress management. What the research actually tells us is that rewards and punishments work wonders at controlling students’ immediate classroom behavior. What they do not do is foster an intrinsic, long-term desire to learn, behave, and achieve. Changing the paradigm to focus on the factors that support internal motivation (such as active learning and stress management) is not happening quickly or easily. But it is happening.

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  • Erika Daniels

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