Dr. Racquel Warner
Dr. Warner is an Assistant Professor at Mohammed Bin Rashid school of Government. She is a career educator with over 25 years international teaching experience across the full spectrum of the education, from the early childhood to tertiary level. Her professional engagement has been defined by her keen interest in social justice and equality. In her home country Jamaica, she initiated inner city community engagement projects which connected benevolent business owners with families who needed educational assistance. She works actively in communities in Nepal, Bangladesh and Kenya to support the development and accessibility of quality education to at risk groups. Since 2003, Dr. Warner has worked in various academic and leadership positions at three major off shore branch campuses in the UAE. She holds a MA Education (TESOL) degree from the University of Wollongong in Australia, a PG Cert HE from Middlesex University, London and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Exeter in England. Her research interest in student engagement and learner autonomy has led to her work in curriculum redesign, teacher training and education policy development. Her doctoral thesis at the University of Exeter explored student engagement as an alternative pedagogical approach in Higher Education institutions in the UAE. Her research in the field of student engagement was reviewed as “original and significant as few studies have explored the use of a student engagement as a specific pedagogical approach in this context”. Dr. Warner is an executive member of TESOL Arabia and she has presented at many international conferences and published papers on the subjects of study skills, student engagement and the policy imperative of this approach.