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Kohn, Alfie

Works: 138 works in 306 publications in 4 languages and 19,592 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Editor
Classifications: BF505.R48, 153.85
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Alfie Kohn
Most widely held works by Alfie Kohn
Punished by rewards : the trouble with gold stars, incentive plans, A's, praise, and other bribes by Alfie Kohn( Book )
28 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 3,528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kohn argues against the practice of offering people rewards in order to persuade them to get good grades, do good work, or behave in a certain manner, presenting evidence that shows the practice often has a negative effect, and discusses alternative methods of influencing behavior
Beyond discipline : from compliance to community by Alfie Kohn( Book )
17 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explains why students are more likely to learn and flourish in schools that have moved toward collaborative problem solving instead of teacher-initiated discipline
No contest : the case against competition by Alfie Kohn( Book )
22 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Competition may be as American as apple pie, but social scientist Alfie Kohn argues that our struggle to defeat one another--at work, at school, at play, and at home--turns all of us into losers. Contrary to the myths with which we have been raised, Kohn shows that competition is not an inevitable part of human nature. It does not motivate us to do our best. Rather than building character, competition sabotages self-esteem and ruins relationships. Kohn argues that we need to restructure our institutions so that one person's success does not depend on another's failure. For this revised edition, he adds a detailed account of how students can learn more effectively by working cooperatively in the classroom instead of struggling to be Number One.--From publisher description
The homework myth : why our kids get too much of a bad thing by Alfie Kohn( Book )
22 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 1,759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Argues that homework does not provide academic benefits for younger students and that the notion of homework is the result of a set of misconceptions about learning, a mistrust of children, and a misguided focus on competitiveness
The schools our children deserve : moving beyond traditional classrooms and "tougher standards" by Alfie Kohn( Book )
9 editions published between 1942 and 2003 in English and held by 1,629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Argues against the "tougher standards" rhetoric and the current practice of teaching to standarized tests in favor of helping students become more critical, creative thinkers
What to look for in a classroom : and other essays by Alfie Kohn( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From self-esteem to school uniforms, from grade inflation to character education, Kohn raises a series of provocative questions about the status quo in this collection of essays. He challenges us to reconsider some of our most basic assumptions about children and education. Whether he is explaining why cooperative learning can be so threatening or why detracking is so fiercely opposed, Kohn offers a fresh, informed, and frequently disconcerting perspective on the major issues in education. In the end, his critical examination of current practice is complemented by a vision of what schooling ought to be. Kohn argues for giving children more opportunity to participate in their own schooling, for transforming classrooms into caring communities, and for providing the kind of education that taps and nourishes children's curiosity
Unconditional parenting : moving from rewards and punishments to love and reason by Alfie Kohn( Book )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author presents parenting theories and techniques that promote desired child qualities through unconditional support, while arguing against practices that teach children that they must earn a parent's approval
The case against standardized testing : raising the scores, ruining the schools by Alfie Kohn( Book )
6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Our students are tested to an extent that is unprecedented in American history and unparalleled anywhere in the world. Politicians and businesspeople, determined to get tough with students and teachers, have increased the pressure to raise standardized test scores. Unfortunately, the effort to do so typically comes at the expense of more meaningful forms of learning." "That disturbing conclusion emerges from Alfie Kohn's devastating new indictment of standardized testing. Drawing from the latest research, he concisely explains just how little test results really tell us and just how harmful a test-driven curriculum can be. Written in a highly readable question-and-answer format, The Case Against Standardized Testing will help readers respond to common questions and challenges."--Jacket
The brighter side of human nature : altruism and empathy in everyday life by Alfie Kohn( Book )
6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What does it mean to be well educated? and more essays on standards, grading, and other follies by Alfie Kohn( Book )
6 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Few writers ask us to question our fundamental assumptions about education as provocatively as Alfie Kohn. In this new collection of essays, Kohn takes on some of the most important topics in education of recent years. His central focus is on the real goals of schooling - a topic, he argues, that we systematically ignore while lavishing attention on misguided models of learning and motivation." "From the title essay's challenge to conventional definitions of a good education to essays on testing and grading that tally the severe educational costs of overemphasizing a narrow conception of achievement, Kohn boldly builds on his earlier work and writes for a wide audience. He explores topics ranging from the destructiveness of praise to the inadequacy of American high schools, shows how traditional educational practices can spoil the value of newer and better approaches, and offers a provocative reflection on what 9/11 and its aftermath can mean for schools."--Jacket
Feel-bad education : and other contrarian essays on children and schooling by Alfie Kohn( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of education's most outspoken voices presents a challenging and entertaining writing on where we should go in American education. Kohn argues in the title essay with those who think that high standards mean joylessness in the classroom
You know what they say-- : the truth about popular beliefs by Alfie Kohn( Book )
2 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Research into how much truth there is in folk wisdom and common beliefs
The myth of the spoiled child : challenging the conventional wisdom about children and parenting by Alfie Kohn( Book )
5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Somehow, a set of deeply conservative assumptions about children -- what they're like and how they should be raised -- have congealed into the conventional wisdom in our society. Parents are accused of being both permissive and overprotective, unwilling to set limits and afraid to let their kids fail. Young people, meanwhile, are routinely described as entitled and narcissistic ... among other unflattering adjectives. In The Myth of the Spoiled Child, Alfie Kohn systematically debunks these beliefs -- not only challenging erroneous factual claims but also exposing the troubling ideology that underlies them. Complaints about pushover parents and coddled kids are hardly new, he shows, and there is no evidence that either phenomenon is especially widespread today -- let alone more common than in previous generations. Moreover, new research reveals that helicopter parenting is quite rare and, surprisingly, may do more good than harm when it does occur. The major threat to healthy child development, Kohn argues, is posed by parenting that is too controlling rather than too indulgent."--Publisher's description
Education, Inc. : turning learning into a business ( Book )
4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The war on kids ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The stories are nearly unbelievable: a middle schooler suspended for bringing a Tweety Bird keychain to class (because all chains are classified as weapons); another, for pretending a fast-food chicken strip was a gun; a third, for carrying ibuprofen in violation of the school's strict policy against drugs--except, of course, for Ritalin. This documentary argues that measures intended to keep children safe have turned schools into prisons and that regimentation in the public educational system produces adults who are unable to think for themselves. Taking aim at zero tolerance rules, authoritarian teachers, the D.A.R.E. program and its devolution into a joke among kids, and more, the video posits that the mainstays of public education are worse than ineffectual, they may be downright harmful. With Henry Giroux (Stealing Innocence: Corporate Culture's War on Children), John Holt (Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Agenda of Compulsory Schooling) and Laurie Couture (Instead of Medicating and Punishing)
Beyond the standards movement defending quality education in an age of test scores ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alfie Kohn argues that the American obsession with standardized tests and placing so much emphasis on student performance is detrimental to the process learning
Unconditional parenting by Alfie Kohn( Visual )
4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kohn discusses the type of relationship parents want to have with their child, the long term goals parents have for their children, and how to work with their children to reach the goals rather than trying to control them through punishments and rewards. Kohn concludes with ten guidelines to help parents reconnect to their own best instincts as parents
The risks of rewards by Alfie Kohn( Book )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Education, inc. : turning learning into a business : a collection of articles ( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The myth of the spoiled child : challenging the conventional wisdom about children and parenting by Alfie Kohn( Recording )
5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Parenting and education expert Alfie Kohn tackles the misconception that overparenting and overindulgence has produced a modern generation of entitled children incapable of making their way in the world
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Alternative Names
コーン, A.
コーン, アルフィ
English (158)
Japanese (4)
Chinese (3)
Portuguese (1)