An educational warning: praising pupils may be bad for their progress

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    This article argues that the teacher is not well served by relying on simplistic and common sense understandings of the construct of praise. Person-praise is useful when pupils are experiencing success but unhelpful when faced with failure or confronted by setback. However, process-praise can enable pupils to see that they are important agents in their own behaviour/successful academic achievement. Given the considerable and increasing complexity of the teacher's role in today's society, the teacher's sophisticated use of praise would seem to be an important pedagogical tool.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)13-16
    Number of pages4
    JournalEducation Today
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • teaching
    • learning
    • education
    • pupils
    • pupils progress


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