Sail's Pedagogy

Sail's posts about her class, classes she is taking, and education.

“..extrinsic rewards do work — for mechanical work that doesn’t require much higher-order thinking”

on May 27, 2010

“Pink basically says that extrinsic rewards do work — for mechanical work that doesn’t require much higher-order thinking. But he says research says that it will not work for anything that requires higher-order thinking skills and creativity.”

Science Daily’s has a new article on “Very Important Study On Learning & The Brain”. This supports Daniel Pink’s and other research. Apparently, “a new study by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) suggests that a combination of two distinct learning strategies guides our behavior.”

..”model-free learning, relies on trial-and-error comparisons between the reward we expect in a given situation and the reward we actually get……model-based learning, the brain generates a cognitive map of the environment that describes the relationship between different situations.” Guess how we reward learning in school?

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