Based on the scenarios described in the article, describe a situation that you have experienced either in the classroom as a student or on the job. For example, have you seen unintended effects of rewards at work or in the classroom or rewards based on criteria unrelated to performance?

Instructions

Read the classic article, On the folly of rewarding A, while hoping for B. (On the folly of rewarding A, while hoping for B.pdf)

Discussion Questions

  1. Based on the scenarios described in the article, describe a situation that you have experienced either in the classroom as a student or on the job. For example, have you seen unintended effects of rewards at work or in the classroom or rewards based on criteria unrelated to performance?
  2. How is your example similar to those discussed in the article? What could have been done in your situation to ensure the right behavior was being rewarded?  If you have no experience upon which to respond to this posting, use one of the examples from the article and discuss how it could be handled differently.

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