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Associate Professor Mags Blackie



 Professor Mags Blackie

Associate Professor 




Over the course of my academic career, I have balanced research in synthetic chemistry and into tertiary science education. I have also taught chemistry across all undergrad levels and honours, and I have taught theology at a Masters's level. I hold a PhD in medicinal chemistry from UCT where I graduated in 2002. Over the last four or five years, the balance of my research has tipped towards education. I have just completed a PhD in education from Stellenbosch University entitled ‘Towards knower awareness in chemistry and chemistry education. My deep passion is to facilitate holistic education in the context of tertiary science degrees. To this end, I think we need to pay attention to the person of the student and be clear about knowledge building. 

Latest publications and relevant journal articles:  

An examination of the practice of chemistry through the lens of critical realism Blackie, MAL, Journal of Critical Realism, 2022

Knowledge building in chemistry education Blackie, MAL, Foundations of Chemistry, 2022, 24, 97-111

Student perspectives on assessment:  connections between self and society McArthur J, Blackie MAL, Pitterson N and Rosewell K, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 2022, 47, 698-711

Diversity is an asset to science not a threat, Blackie MAL, International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies, 4.2, in press

Educating scientists in South Africa in the 21st century, Blackie MAL, Letter to South African Journal of Science, 2019, 115, 11-12, doi.org/10.17159/ sajs.2019/6264


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