Dr. Malik Henfield
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Ethnic Minority Students' Perceptions of Honors Programs


This qualitative research study uses individual interviewing methods, on ethnic minority students (i.e., Asian-American, African-American, Native American, and Latina ((o)) who qualify for the Honors Program at an institution in Iowa. More specifically, the study is designed to extrapolate their perceptions towards their experience at an institution in the state of Iowa as high-achieving students. In January 2008, twenty online and interactive interviews with ethnic minority honor students, from the state of Wisconsin, will be completed to supplement roughly twenty interviews that were completed during July 2007. Taken as a whole, this study seeks to utilize qualitative data to better understand the overall educational experiences of ethnic minority students who have been identified as worthy of participating in the Honors Program. This project has the potential to assist educators and families, in improving the educational services offered to gifted ethnic minority students all across the United States.

Suncerrae Perry
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater