MUW Professor Presents Research at Global Conference



Sept. 23, 2015
Contact: Tyler Wheat
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W faculty member presents at global conference

COLUMBUS, Miss. — To improve the globalization of students, educators from across the United States and Japan gathered in Florida at the annual Japan-U. S. Teacher Education Consortium, where Mississippi University for Women’s Dr. Brenda Dickey was a part of the program.

Dickey, Assistant Professor of Education and Assessment Coordinator for the Department of Education, recently presented “A Review of Self-Efficacy and Its Effect on Achievement Cross Culturally” Tuesday, Sept. 15 at West Florida University.

“For students to be successful, they must have a sense of self-success based on the mastery of skills,” she said. “Culture, society and the environment are some influences that impact self-efficacy.”

Every year education professionals gather in either Japan or the United States to provide opportunities for schools of education to examine their studies and practices. The educators share their ideas by participating in presentations and discussions at the consortium.

“I was very excited to represent The W as a leader in teacher education for career readiness in a globalized society,” stated Dickey.

She added that she was excited to exchange ideas with the educators from Japan. Dickey is interested in learning how they support students and how they prepare students for career readiness.

As part of the presentations and roundtable discussions with university professors from Japan and the United States, Dickey discussed supporting teachers to engage diverse cross-cultural learners, models and practices for teaching at university level and preparing teachers for pre-service and in-service growth.

Dickey added, “As a university, we must prepare to address self-efficacy to have an impact on student learning and achievement. It affects the success of students that come to our campus.”

JUSTEC was established in the late 1980s by several deans of education at universities in the United States and in Japan in the interest of fostering joint research efforts into teacher education issues of mutual interest in both countries.

The 27th annual conference is sponsored by The U.S. Embassy, Tokyo; The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Japan; and The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). The consortium titled “Teacher Education in a Globalized Society” held in September.

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