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The Effects of Praise on Children ’ s Intrinsic Motivation : A Review and Synthesis

  title={The Effects of Praise on Children ’ s Intrinsic Motivation : A Review and Synthesis},
  author={Robert J. Sternberg and James L. Dannemiller and Michael Pressley},
The authors argue against a purely behavioral definition of praise as verbal reinforcement in favor of the view that praise may serve to undermine, enhance, or have no effect on children’s intrinsic motivation, depending on a set of conceptual variables. Provided that praise is perceived as sincere, it is particularly beneficial to motivation when it encourages performance attributions to controllable causes, promotes autonomy, enhances competence without an overreliance on social comparisons… Expand

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