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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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Schools Act@20: Charting the way forward - 14 to 15 September 2016

Prof. Elda de Waal
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Unemployment experiences in Orange Farm and Boiphatong

The next phase of data gathering for the research project "Experiences of Unemployment" will kick off on 6 June 2016. Two teams of four well-trained fieldworkers each will administer almost 900 questionnaires over a peri...Read article

Prof. Llewellyn E. van Zyl invited to participate in CuriousU International Summer School

http://news.nwu.ac.za/prof-llewellyn-e-van-zyl-invited-participate-curiousu-international-summer-school

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The origins of economic growth and the specialization of labour

Social scientists are challenged by the following questions: a) How do we design social science studies so we can be more certain of their results? b) How do we put this knowledge to use to build better societies? To answer the la...Read article

Namibian PhD graduate looks at state-owned enterprises

http://news.nwu.ac.za/namibian-phd-graduate-looks-state-owned-enterprises-%E2%80%93-dr-simeon-amunkete

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Newsletter, March 2016

Upcoming events

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May

Latent class analysis (Mplus)
09:00-13:00 Optenta Indaba. Contact marinda.malan@nwu.ac.za if you w...

2

June

Character and Virtue in the Professions
Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Birmingham (http://www.j...

8

June

Optentia Research Committee
09:00 - PhD Proposal - R. Paver; 10:00 - Master's Proposal - D. van ...

15

June

Workshop: Prof. André Heymans
Topic: The origins of economic growth and the specialization of labo...

15

June

Thuthuka funding calls: 2016
Please note the internal closing data: 15 June 2016

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