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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Research intern selected to do fieldwork in pedagogy of play research project

Optentia research intern, Stephanie Nowack has been selected to do fieldwork for the research project "Pedagogy of Play". Stephanie started an internship under the supervision of Prof. Tumi Khumalo in March 2017. The res...Read article

Prof. Ian Rothmann invited to talk about mental health in the workplace

The theme that has been identified by the World Federation for Mental Health for the October 2017 World Mental Health Day is "Mental Health in the Workplace". The Department of Health is organising a National Mental Heal...Read article

Optentia participates in resilience research

On 6 October 2017, Prof. Ian Rothmann and Dr Angelique van Rensburg attended a planning session for a research project "Resilient Youth in Stressed Environments" in Pretoria. The project leaders are Prof. Linda Theron ( ...Read article

Welcome home!

The colleagues from the Research Focus Area Optentia, recently moved their operations to Building 22. The signature yellow flowers dip to and fro in the river breeze, welcoming visitors and staff members to an environment where th...Read article

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