Exploring Teachers’ Experiences of Using ClassDojo: A Postphenomenological Study

  • Author / Creator
    Yuen, Connie L.
  • ClassDojo is a popularized behavioural management software application used in schools around the globe. This classroom application allows teachers, parents and students to readily track progress using a gamified point system, and share feedback in real-time. Teachers often use ClassDojo to encourage student engagement and positive behaviours. However, ClassDojo has raised ethical questions about data use, surveillance culture, and behavioural-based pedagogy. Using postphenomenology approaches to analyze collected observational and interview materials, this study examines K-12 teachers’ experiences and variations of integrating ClassDojo technology in the classroom, as well as the challenges and ethical questions they encountered. Results of the study revealed themes centered on points-based motivation and student identity, data-tracking and permanence, classroom surveillance culture, collaboration and immediate feedback, and how the ClassDojo-Teacher reframes meaningful teaching and learning ecology as a whole.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2021
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  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
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