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ERIC Number: EJ764604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2984
Dress Codes Blues: An Exploration of Urban Students' Reactions to a Public High School Uniform Policy
DaCosta, Kneia
Journal of Negro Education, v75 n1 p49-59 Win 2006
This qualitative investigation explores the responses of 22 U.S. urban public high school students when confronted with their newly imposed school uniform policy. Specifically, the study assessed students' appraisals of the policy along with compliance and academic performance. Guided by ecological human development perspectives and grounded in theory-based qualitative analysis, the study elucidated the themes that emerged in relevant student narratives. Findings indicated that the overwhelming majority of students were opposed to and non-compliant with the school uniform policy, and that these responses were unrelated to school performance. Students developed oppositional strategies designed to undermine the policy and to retain some semblance of freedom and dignity. Suggestions for further research and policy are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A