Taking badges to school: A school-based badge system and its impact on participating teachers
Peter Samuelson Wardrip, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, United States ; Samuel Abramovich, University at Buffalo - SUNY, United States ; Yoon Jeon Kim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States ; Meghan Bathgate, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Computers & Education Volume 95, Number 1, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
While current research on badges typically examines the relationship between badges and learners' motivation, this study explores a badge system's impact on participating teachers. Through qualitative analysis, the data suggests that the badge system provides teachers with new information about students not readily available through typical school-based interactions. Additionally, while the badge system initiated new meetings and opportunities for teachers' joint work, the data did not suggest that these collaborative activities established a public practice of instruction for participating teachers nor did the teachers report changes in their instructional practice. The paper ends with implications and plans for future research.
Wardrip, P.S., Abramovich, S., Kim, Y.J. & Bathgate, M. (2016). Taking badges to school: A school-based badge system and its impact on participating teachers. Computers & Education, 95(1), 239-253. Elsevier Ltd.