A DISTINGUISHED TEACHER WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE

A DISTINGUISHED TEACHER WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Professor Bice Martincigh, an Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry and Physics on UKZN’s Westville campus, received a Distinguished Teacher’s Award at the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science’s graduation ceremony.

 

Martincigh was recognised for her exceptional ability to tailor and differentiate her teaching to meet the different levels of study of her undergraduate and postgraduate students, in what is, moreover, regarded as a ‘difficult’ subject – chemistry!

 

Martincigh’s reviewers commended her teaching methods which they said took into account the module content and level, the needs of students, the class size, and the availability of resources. They commented that by pragmatically taking what worked, Martincigh drew on her experiences of a variety of approaches and methodologies to achieve an interactive pedagogy.  This included collaborative inter-group peer work, co-operative learning, quizzes, problem solving and providing online feedback to students.

Martincigh managed large classes through extensive support, whilst maintaining quality amongst the many tutors she supervised.

Martincigh’s review committee said she was deeply analytical in her teaching and demonstrated empathy with students and their varied learning abilities in ways that built their confidence. Furthermore, they were impressed by both her arguments for and the varied and comprehensive range of methods of assessments she employed. 

One innovation introduced by Martincigh was to revise the process of conducting practical work to encourage independent learning. She designed a rubric for assessing first year practicals to ensure consistency, using a range of assessments guided by different cognitive demands and providing excellent feedback on assessments.

Martincigh also received positive independent student evaluations and integrated feedback into curriculum development.


author email : frosts@ukzn.ac.za