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According to research some have argued that rewards are detrimental and does not serve the purpose of the motivation. Rewards are seen as effective in getting people to perform an activity, but once the rewards are no longer available, people's intrinsic motivation to engage in activities is undermined. On the other side of the debate are researchers who claim that negative effects of reward are limited and that rewards can be used to increase motivation and performance. (Cameron, 2005).

How does this information reflect or deflect your example of the student who had to go to summer school due to a failing grade? Will the lesson learned hold?

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Every hypothesis will always have some research supporting and some contradicting it.

Dweck (1985) proposed that when children are oriented toward learning goals, the intrinsic motivation system is involved in initiating, sustaining, and rewarding the activity, whereas performance goals can supplant or undermine intrinsic motivation. In so doing, she was drawing a link between intrinsic motivation and learning goals on one hand, and extrinsic motivation and performance goals on the other.

Research by Deci (1971, 1972, 1975) indicated that intrinsic motivation is undermined by extrinsic rewards. A ...

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External rewards are discussed and validated.