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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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Symposia

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

Symposium chair: Prof. Elda de Waal
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The origins of economic growth: Implications for social scientists

South Africa faces various challenges, including unemployment, poor education, inequality, poverty and low social cohesion. However, there are significant opportunities in South Africa. Prof. Andre Heymans, an economist, explains ...Read article

Prof. Kirsti Lonka – a global expert in Educational Psychology

http://news.nwu.ac.za/prof-kirsti-lonka-%E2%80%93-global-expert-educational-psychology

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Prof. Kirsti Lonka: trailing the digital native within the educational context

http://news.nwu.ac.za/prof-kirsti-lonka-trailing-digital-native-within-educational-context

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Footprints on the journey of Prof. Joppie van Graan and Prof. Marius Stander

On 14 June 2016, Optentia recognised the contributions of Prof. Joppie van Graan and Prof. Marius Stander to the North-West University and the research focus area. Click on the following link to read the story of Prof. Joppie van ...Read article

Newsletter, June 2016

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Upcoming events

22

June

Back to basics with six bricks
09:00-11:30 - Workshop: Brent Hutcheson - Care for Education. Venue:...

6

July

Optentia Research Committee
09:00 - Master's proposal: J. Burger; 09:30 - Project proposal: Prof...

8

July

Inclusive Education Summit
www.education.canterbury.ac.nz/ties2016

11

July

HHREC (Ethics) Meeting
Agenda closes: 10/6/2016

15

July

BaSSREC (Ethics) Meeting
Agenda closes: 30 June 2016

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