Summer Residential Program Experiences as Perceived by Gifted Diné Youth
This qualitative study examines the experiences and perceptions of ten gifted Dine (Navajo) students from low-income families who received full scholarships to attend a university-based summer residential program. The effects of the residential enrichment program on these students is explored. Interviews revealed five major themes regarding participation: affirming social interactions with teachers and peers; life-changing experiences; positive academic experiences; excitement and motivation; and challenges met. When provided with opportunities in advanced classes that interested them, gifted Dine youth from low-income families had positive academic and social-emotional experiences.