The impact of school uniforms in a public high school: A case study
Stevenson, Bert Louis
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The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of mandated clothing on the lived experiences of students, administrators and teachers in an urban school. I use qualitative methods to examine in depth how clothing affects student identity, learning and student's relationship with adults (teachers, administrators, and parents). This study followed procedures for an eethnographic case study in order to obtain richly contextualized data and get at often hidden impacts of student uniforms. The data was gathered through interviews, observations and focus groups with members of the school community, and deductive and inductive coding were used to analyze the data. The key findings from these data suggest that the following conclusions: teachers and administrators perceived less competition regarding clothing amongst students. It was also discussed that teachers felt that school uniforms diffuse the gang element within the school. There was a perceived tension between the black and white students regarding their reviews of school uniforms. Finally that most teachers felt that school uniforms helped the students reach higher academic achievement. Recommendations were given as to how the data from this study could be helpful to the educational community in considering, evaluating and implementing school uniform policies.