01 July 2018

Know The Experts: Professor: Dr. Moses Stephens Gunams Samuel

A Strategic Research Professor from the School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management.

Expertise: Teacher Education – TESOL, Language & Literacy Education, Sociolinguistics, Language Policies, Discourse Analysis, and Applied Linguistics.

For Prof. Moses education is more than teaching and learning. It is about making the schools a more conductive learning space, ensuring that the teachers help learners realise their fullest potential.

“… one of my main concerns has been inequalities in society. How can we make learning more meaningful for students that are being left behind, simply because they lack resources or they are not getting the right amount of support from their families and surroundings. That is why learning environments are very important.”

Prior to joining Taylor's University he was, until his retirement, Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya.  He holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University.  His research interests cover language policy, Language and Literacy Education, Discourse Analysis, and TESOL Teacher Education.  His recent publications include Education in Malaysia: Challenges and Developments (2017) (co-edited with Tee, M.Y. and Symaco, L), published by Springer.  He has published in Cambridge Journal of Education, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Discourse Studies and Asia-Pacific Journal of Education.

Prof. Moses is an expert in Curriculum and Pedagogy, which involves the methods and practices of teaching and learning. Pedagogy deals with the theory and practice of teaching, and how these influence student learning. Pedagogy simply put is teaching. It involves for instance, the interaction between student and teachers, students and students.  It also includes how the teachers interact with students and the social and intellectual environment the teacher seeks to establish. As someone who was trained a language teacher, Prof. Moses already has the first-hand experience in the classroom environment. His expertise plays an important role in his involvement with the current Flagship Programme: Innovation Technologies and an Integrated Sustainable Framework to Address Environmental, Economic, and Health & Social Challenges in the Planning, Designing and Maintaining of Asian Cities. Prof. Moses is part of the project: Rejuvenating for Forgotten Waterfront Settlements in Malaysia, with reference to the Royal Town of Klang. His scope is on education, looking into the school, the roles and the predicaments faced. His team will also look into students who are at risk of dropping out, come from broken families and face various social challenges. With this research, he hopes to better understand the processes of schooling, but also towards influencing the lives of students who are at risk.

Professor Dr. Moses Stephens Gunams Samuel
A Strategic Research Professor from the School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management