The mission of the Optentia Research Focus Area is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context. The research programme utilises the inputs from various disciplines in the social sciences, including Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Human Resource Management, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work.

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Flourishing in learning and learning to flourish

Prof. Hans Henrik Knoop from the University of Aarhus, Denmark (an extraordinary professors in Optentia and an expert on positive education) presented a workshop with the title “Flourishing in learning and learning to flouri...Read article

From boredom to flourishing in school

On 11 April 2017, Prof. Hans Henrik Knoop from Aarhus University in Denmark and an extraordinary professor in Optentia presented a workshop with the title: "From boredom to flourishing in school; how to unite a nation against...Read article

Teaching and research visit to Kisii University in Kenya

Prof. Tumi Khumalo is currently undertaking a teaching and research visit to Kisii University in Kenya, made possible through the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences African Pathways Programme. During this visit ...Read article

Workshop on Intergenerational Relations

Prof. Jaco Hoffman was invited to do a presentation at a workshop on Intergenerational Relations and Social Grants at the Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. This workshop is convened by Dr Elena Moore, Se...Read article

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Positive Psychology: State-of-the-Art
08:00-11:00 - Optentia Indaba. Presenter: Prof. Hans Henrik Knoop. C...



NRF Thuthuka
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