Psychology Faculty Publications

Title

School Uniforms: A Qualitative Analysis of Aims and Accomplishments at Two Christian Schools

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2006

Journal Title

Journal of Research on Christian Education

Volume

15

Issue

2

First Page

143

Last Page

168

Abstract

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.

Keywords

School uniforms, dress codes, Christian education, school discipline

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