ERIC Number: ED453580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of School Uniform Policy at John Adams and Truman Middle Schools for Albuquerque Public Schools.
Elder, Deborah L.
A uniform policy at two Albuquerque middle schools became a reality as a result of parent initiative. Parents provided input through attending meetings and a fashion show, serving on the uniform task force, completing surveys, voting, and revisiting the policy. Parents not only initiated the development of the policy, but were active participants throughout all stages of implementation. Students were involved in the planning process as well. Students participated in the fashion show, worked on the uniform task force, participated in interviews and focus groups, and constructed and revised the survey. This evaluation uses both qualitative and quantitative methods of research to provide an accurate assessment of the impact of uniforms. Outcome data include discipline referrals and number of students achieving honor-roll status. These sources of information provide a quantifiable overview of changes in discipline and student achievement. Perceptions regarding uniforms are measured through interviews, focus groups, and surveys. This triangulation of data allows a complete picture of community perceptions to emerge. Perceptions of the school environment directly influence behavior and are essential in providing an accurate and complete evaluation of the uniform policy. Interviews were conducted with 30 parents, 12 teachers, and 27 students from both middle schools. Results are provided as well as observations from focus groups, and data are provided from surveys. Appendixes provided interview data and uniform implementation timeline/history. (DFR)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Albuquerque Public Schools, NM. Planning, Research and Accountability.