Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

MA Special Education


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education


Kuder, Sydney J.

Committee Member 1

Xin, Joy


ClassDojo, Negative Behaviors, Positive Behaviors


Attention-deficit-disordered children--Behavior modification


Special Education and Teaching


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.