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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Dealing with Unemployment in South Africa: Research and Intervention - 13 to 14 September 2018

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Research Day: Cultivating Humanity - 26 September 2018

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Industrial Psychologists attended the SIOPSA Conference

The Industrial Psychology Programme of the School of Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Management attended the 2018 SIOPSA Conference hosted at the CSIR during July 2018. The conference was a three-day event with many insig...Read article

Experiences of unemployment

A vast majority of research has shown that unemployment is mainly experienced as a challenging and unwanted situation. It is necessary to arrive at a nuanced and strong contextual understanding of the lived unemployment experience...Read article

International researchers collaborate to understand unemployment

“No job, no food, please help.” These words on makeshift cardboard signs can be seen at every street corner on any given day in South Africa. With an unemployment rate of 26,7% in the first quarter of 2018, it comes as...Read article

Inclusive education: developing support for all learners’ learning needs

The Optentia research focus area on the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark recently hosted a conference entitled “Developing Support for the learning needs of ALL learners”. The confer...Read article

Newsletter, July 2018

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Statistics Study Group
11:00-12:00; Optentia Indaba. Topic: Multilevel analysis