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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Developing supports for the learning needs of all learners - 09 to 10 July 2018

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Optentia conference to focus on inclusive learner support

The Optentia research focus area on the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark will be hosting a conference titled “Developing Support for the Learning Needs of ALL learners”, from 9-10 Ju...Read article

Another extraordinary professor for Optentia

Not many African universities approach the African Union (AU) to ask: “How can we be part of the solution?” This is according to Prof Johnny Strijdom, head of the Division of Social Welfare and Drug Control within the ...Read article

NWU prestige lecture focusses on eMental Health

EMental Health technology can reach many people in need and can connect with people on issues affecting their health. However, this technology needs to be engaging to be of use. This is according to Prof Saskia Kelders, newly-appo...Read article

Optentia researchers to be trained in small sample solutions

Optentia members, Dr Kleinjan Redelinghuys, Dr Angelique van Rensburg, Ms Elizabeth Bothma and Mr Christiaan Bekker will attend the S4 (Small Sample Size Solutions) Conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from 5-8 March 2018. Inte...Read article

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Recent publications

February 2018

Social participation of students with special educational needs

European Journal of Special Needs Education

Upcoming events



Prestige lecture: Prof. F. Meinck
18:30 - Topic: Violence in childhood: Prevalence, risk and preventio...



BaSSREC (Ethics) Meeting
Applications submitted: 8 March 2018 - 12:00



Workshop: Systematic literature review
Time: 08:30-16:00; Presenter: Prof. F. Meinck



Statistics Study Group
11:00-12:00; Optentia Indaba. Topic: p-values vs effect sizes, param...

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