ERIC Number: ED479801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
The Effects of Dress on School Discipline.
Sommers, Norman L.
This report presents the results of a study to determine the effects of student dress on behavior while at school. The study took place at 5 high schools, 4 junior high schools, and 10 elementary schools during the 2000-01 school year. The total enrollment of the schools was 8,194. The study involved two or three sets consisting of three days each. One day was a dress-up day; one, a dress-down day; and one, a regular day. On each of these days, the principals recorded the number of discipline cases sent to the disciplinary office. To determine the effect of student dress on behavior, the study compared the number of discipline cases dealt with. There were 766 discipline cases in the total study. On recorded days of regular school dress, there were 233 cases; on dress-up days, there were 211 cases, a decrease of 9 percent; on dress-down days, there were 322 cases, an increase of 38 percent in discipline problems. The study concludes that the type of school dress does, in fact, have an effect on school discipline. Students tend to act the way they dress. (WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 24-27, 2001).