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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Second South African Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion 2017: Linking Research to Practice - 07 to 08 June 2017

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Prof. Jaco Hoffman attends lecture on ageing, stigma and disgust

Prof. Jaco Hoffman, currently at the University of Oxford as James Martin Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Ageing, recently attended a public lecture on Ageing, Stigma and Disgust by the eminent philosopher, Profe...Read article

Danish expert sheds light on boredom in the classroom


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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

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Conference: Creating Healthy Organizations
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Workshop: Academic writing
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