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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Embracing inclusiveness

At Optentia’s Science Sandwich meeting on Wednesday, 12 September 2018, Optentia participants discussed the topic of inclusiveness and how to promote inclusion on university level. Prof. Susanne Schwab, from the University o...Read article

Oxford expert to lecture at NWU’s Optentia

On 18 September 2018, Dr George Leeson, director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, will act as guest lecturer at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Optenti...Read article

Finnish academic to review school-wide positive behaviour support and interventions

The North-West University’s (NWU’s) Optentia research focus area in Vanderbijlpark will be hosting Prof Hannu Savolainen from the Department of Education at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. During his ...Read article

International expert: R is the present and future of statistical programming

“The programming language R is the present and future of statistical programming.” Dr Emir Efendi?, postdoctoral researcher from Eindhoven University in the Netherlands, will attempt to convince his audience of this st...Read article

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Recent publications

September 2018

School principal support, and teachers’ work engagement and intention to leave: The role of psychological need satisfaction

In M. Coetzee, I.L. Potgieter, & N. Ferreira (Eds.), Psychology of retention: Theory, research and practice

August 2018

Hope, religiosity, and subjective well-being.

Journal of Psychology in Africa