STUDENTS are being gifted with popcorn, pizza and even iTunes vouchers in a radical behaviour change program sweeping Victoria’s schools.
More than 300 of the state’s primary and high schools have introduced the new rewards system, where pupils are offered morning teas, time sitting on beanbags and even the chance to be “principal for the day”.
One school has seen discipline infringements drop by almost half in just over six months, reports Herald Sun.
The program has been hailed for its ability to boost student morale and discipline, but one critic fears pupils may only become motivated by rewards to do the right thing.
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The “positive behaviour framework” has been to more than 300 Victorian schools.
Some versions reward well-behaved students with tokens to be traded for food and other gifts.
One Melbourne University Associate Professor Kay Margetts said while tangible rewards were a good tool to get difficult cohorts of students to start to behave, they should be reduced at the earliest opportunity, so that pupils became internally motivated to do the right thing — not just because they were getting a reward.
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