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Do School Uniforms Improve Student Behavior: It Depends

by David Lamont Bell & Martha Ellen Wynne - October 12, 2006

The perceived impact of school uniforms on student behavior has led many urban school districts to adopt a dress code policy. Many of the studies are anecdotal in nature or have not considered the role socioeconomic status on student behavior. We argue that this factor and the type of uniform policy a school adopts is critical in understanding the impact on student behavior.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 12, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12779, Date Accessed: 6/2/2020 5:00:46 PM

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  • David Bell
    Saint Xavier University
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    DAVID BELL Ed.D., is an Assistant professor at Saint Xavier University-Chicago in the School of Education. His research interests include student behavior, teacher induction and Diversity.
  • Martha Wynne
    Loyola University, Chicago
    MARTHA ELLEN WYNNE, Ph.D. is an Associate professor at Loyola University-Chicago in Research Methods and Psychology in the Schools Program. Her researche focuses on home–school-community collaboration and improving services for students who experience behavior problems in the schools.
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