Date Approved

6-20-2017

Embargo Period

6-21-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, Sydney J.

Second Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Attention-deficit-disordered children--Behavior modification

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

In this study, ClassDojo, a digital behavior management tool, was used in a classroom of second grade students. The purpose was to determine whether the application in conjunction with weekly goal setting could encourage students to display more positive behaviors and decrease the frequency of undesired behaviors. The participants in this study were 19 second grade students ranging from 7 years in age to 8 years in age, the mean age being 8 years old. Nine students were identified by their previous grade's teacher as low performing in literacy, math, or both, three were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and one student was diagnosed with oppositional defiance disorder (ODD).

The experimental design of this study was a two phase pre-post group design. During the initial phase, ClassDojo was implemented classwide with all students and in the intervention phase, weekly goal setting was incorporated. Data was gathered and saved directly through the application. At the conclusion of the study, students showed an increase in positive behaviors and in the meantime their undesired behavior was reduced. In addition, students were asked their opinions about the application and their responses show students a positive viewpoint about ClassDojo and its use in the classroom.

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