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Learning begins with engagement

An approach response is necessary for learning and continues to be important throughout the process of learning.

In school we use many strategies to make sure students are ready to learn, including rewards, as well novel and engaging tasks and contexts.

Most classroom rewards are social (praise, gold stars, points etc) and contribute to self-esteem and social standing. In some important respects, these types of social reward can influence the brain’s reward system in a similar way to receiving material things such as money and food, or even playing video games (Izuma et al., 2008; Farooqi et al., 2007; Howard-Jones et al., 2016; Knutson et al., 2001; Koepp et al., 1998).

What is meant by the term ‘reward’, therefore, can be very broad, but all these things can reinforce our behaviour.

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The Science of Learning

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