Spring 2017

Document Type

Master's Thesis (Open Access)

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


Research has demonstrated there is a connection between students’ perceptions of their teachers and overall success in school. This study explored the effect of positive behavior recognition on the perception of teacher caring through the use of a free online application (i.e., Class Dojo). This study used a quasi-experimental quantitative design with a treatment and control group (n = 56). The treatment group received positive behavior recognition through the use of Class Dojo, while the control group received regular instruction. The study was conducted over a one-month period in a middle school setting. Independent and paired samples t-tests were conducted. The data yielded no significant differences between the two groups. Future studies should begin this research at the start of the school year before relationships with the teacher are developed to see if such an intervention truly has an impact and should also consider a longer implementation time using more purposeful sampling methods to target those who need this kind of intervention most.