ERIC Number: EJ978349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Uniforms in the Middle School: Student Opinions, Discipline Data, and School Police Data
Sanchez, Jafeth E.; Yoxsimer, Andrew; Hill, George C.
Journal of School Violence, v11 n4 p345-356 2012
This study investigated public middle school students' opinions on the benefits of wearing a school uniform. A review of related literature is provided along with results of the opinions obtained from 604 seventh- and eighth-grade middle school students attending a public school in Nevada that had recently initiated a school uniform policy. Improvements in discipline data and school police data were also examined. Results highlighted the perceived benefits (i.e., decreases in discipline, gang involvement, and bullying and increases in safety, ease of going to school, confidence, and self-esteem) of wearing a uniform to school, as reported by students through a survey instrument. The results focus on gender, grade level, and racial/ethnic differences in students' responses. Few significant differences were found. One benefit was found between genders, six benefits between grade levels, and three benefits related to racial/ethnic groups.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Student Attitudes, School Uniforms, Dress Codes, Attitude Measures, Grade 7, Grade 8, Early Adolescents, Public Schools, School Policy, Student Behavior, Educational Environment, Juvenile Gangs, Bullying, School Safety, Self Esteem, Behavior Problems, Discipline, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Racial Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nevada
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