School Uniforms: A Qualitative Analysis of Aims and Accomplishments at Two Christian Schools
Journal of Research on Christian Education
Employing rigorous qualitative research methodology, we studied the implementation of two schools' uniform policies. Their primary intents were to eliminate competition, teach young people to dress appropriately, decrease nonacademic distractions, and lower the parental clothing costs. The young people differed with adults regarding whether or not the objectives relating to competition and distractions were met. Both adults and young people agreed that the goal of learning to dress more appropriately was met, yet they differed on how accomplishment was achieved--and also on how they understood appropriate dress. Data from both schools was generally comparable, with four notable differences.
School uniforms, dress codes, Christian education, school discipline
Firmin, M., Smith, S., & Perry, L. (2006). School uniforms: A qualitative analysis of aims and accomplishments at two Christian schools. Journal of Research on Christian Education, 15, 143-68.