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Kohn, Alfie

Works: 167 works in 398 publications in 6 languages and 20,496 library holdings
Genres: Nonfiction films  History  Documentary films  Internet videos  Educational films  Film adaptations  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Narrator, Editor, Translator
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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 )

30 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 2,527 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
No contest : the case against competition by Alfie Kohn( Book )

31 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,816 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 )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,668 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
Beyond discipline : from compliance to community by Alfie Kohn( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 1,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When students are "off task," our first response should be to ask, "What's the task?" What is most remarkable about the assortment of discipline programs on the market today is the number of fundamental assumptions they seem to share. Some may advocate the use of carrots rather than sticks; some may refer to punishments as "logical consequences." But virtually all take for granted that the teacher must be in control of the classroom, and that what we need are strategies to get students to comply with the adult's expectations. In this path-breaking book, Alfie Kohn calls these premises into question, and with them the very idea of classroom "management." He questions the assumption that problems in the classroom are always the fault of students who don't do what they are told, suggesting that we might instead reconsider what they have been told to do -- or to learn. He shows how a fundamentally cynical view of children lies beneath the assumption that we must tell them exactly how we expect them to behave and then offer "positive reinforcement" when they obey. Just as memorizing someone else's right answers fails to promote students' intellectual development, so does complying with someone else's behavioral expectations fail to help students develop socially or morally. - Back cover
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 1,521 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 )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,155 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 )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and French and held by 929 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 )

12 editions published in 2000 in English and Spanish and held by 929 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 )

8 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Questions the widely held assumption that human beings are selfish and aggressive by nature and presents knowledge gained in the last twenty years about the socialization practices and experiences that shape caring, helpful, and altruistic persons
What does it mean to be well educated? and more essays on standards, grading, and other follies by Alfie Kohn( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 825 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 )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 621 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
The myth of the spoiled child : challenging the conventional wisdom about children and parenting by Alfie Kohn( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 554 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
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 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Research into how much truth there is in folk wisdom and common beliefs
The war on kids( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 332 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)
Education, Inc. : turning learning into a business by Alfie Kohn( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From first-grade lessons promoting the products of Fortune 500 companies to education reform designed to suit the interests of big business, corporations are being granted more and more power to determine what happens in our schools. This book explores the implications of this trend, examining everything from advertising aimed at children to "school choice" plans and other attempts to privatize public education. The articles refute the charge that the schools are to blame for the nation's economic woes, describe how advertisers target students, reveal what really goes on in school-to-work and apprenticeship programs, reassess the place of computers in schools, and explore how learning suffers when we refer to students as "workers" or import other workplace metaphors and models. Following an introduction (Alfie Kohn) that dissects the demand for higher performance and specific standards that is at the heart of business-led school reform, the articles are: (1) "Schools, Scapegoats, and Skills: Educational Reform and the Economy" (David C. Paris); (2) "Restructuring Students for Restructured Work: The Economy, School Reform, and Non-College Bound Youths" (Carol Axtell Ray and Roslyn Arlin Mickelson); (3) "Despite Touted Gifts, Business Tax Breaks Cost Schools Money" (William Celis iii); (4) "Ad Pitches Target Teen Consumers" (Melanie Wells); (5) "Channel One: But What about the Advertising?" (Bradley S. Greenberg and Jeffrey E. Brand); (6) "Giving Kids the Business: The Commercialization of American Schools" (Alex Molnar); (7) "Do Not Use as Directed: Corporate Materials in the Schools" (John Olson); (8) "Investors Look to Education as Possibility for High Flier" (Mary B.W. Tabor); (9) "Selling the Schools a Bill of Goods: The Marketing of Computer-Based Education" (Douglas D. Noble); (10) "Beyond the Workplace Metaphor: The Classroom as a Learning Setting" (Hermine H. Marshall); (11) "The Littlest Customers: tqm [Total Quality Management] Goes to School" (Alfie Kohn); (12) "Schooling in Capitalist America" (Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis); (13) "Youth Apprenticeship: High Schools for Docile Workers" (Hannah Finan Roditi); (14) "On to the Past: Wrong-Headed School Reform" (James Moffett); (15) "The Hollow Promise of School Vouchers" (Robert Lowe); (16) "Is School Privatization the Answer?" (Martin Carnoy); and (17) "Why Not Privatize?" (Deborah Meier). (Hth)
Schooling beyond measure & other unorthodox essays about education by Alfie Kohn( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in German and English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kohn's analytical style ... is brought to bear on big-picture policy issues as well as small-scale classroom interactions. He looks carefully at research about homework, play, the supposed benefits of practice, parent involvement in education, and summer learning loss - discovering in each case what we've been led to believe doesn't always match what the studies actually say. Kohn actually challenges us to reconsider the goals that underlie our methods, to explore the often troubling values that inform talk about everything from the disproportionate enthusiasm for STEM subjects to claims made for "effective" teaching strategies."--Back cover
The myth of the spoiled child : challenging the conventional wisdom about children and parenting by Alfie Kohn( Recording )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 106 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
Beyond the standards movement : defending quality education in an age of test scores( Visual )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 96 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
The risks of rewards by Alfie Kohn( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unconditional parenting by Alfie Kohn( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 78 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
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Punished by rewards : the trouble with gold stars, incentive plans, A's, praise, and other bribes
Alternative Names
Alfie Kohn

Alfie Kohn American author and lecturer

Alfie Kohn Amerikaans schrijver

Алфи Кон

אלפי קון

ألفي كون

알피 콘

콘, 알피

콘, 알피에


コーン, A.

コーン, アルフィ

No contest : the case against competitionThe homework myth : why our kids get too much of a bad thingBeyond discipline : from compliance to communityThe schools our children deserve : moving beyond traditional classrooms and "tougher standards"What to look for in a classroom : and other essaysUnconditional parenting : moving from rewards and punishments to love and reasonThe case against standardized testing : raising the scores, ruining the schoolsThe brighter side of human nature : altruism and empathy in everyday life