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Explain how you would use your knowledge of the overjustification effect so college graduates would engage in lifelong learning or avoid job burnout on loved but low-paying careers.

I know what the overjustification effect is (an external incentive like a reward, decreases a person’s intrinsic motivation to perform a particular task.), but I don't know how to explain this.
And what is meant by lifelong learning? Like going back to school?

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    I think that "lifelong learning" simply means that we never stop learning; not just by going to school, but by our experiences in life.We learn through our mistakes; we learn through trial&error; we learn by observing others, etc.

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    We also learn from reading books and watching movies....

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    Lifelong learning can also mean learning new skills via self-study or workshops. My wife is going to take a course in "Facebook" and I have gotten tutoring in various computer apps that I use at home. Engaging in any new activities also results in learning.

    The financial aspect needs to be great enough to support the worker and family decently (whatever that means to that individual), before you can consider the over-justification effect.

    I hope this helps a little more.

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