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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Mental health in the workplace … for all!

On 18 October 2017, Prof. Ian Rothmann addressed employee health and wellness practitioners on mental health in the workplace. More than 250 practitioners attended the presentation. Keyholders with the message "How are you?&q...Read article

Advanced performance for quality education

Prof. Mary Grosser, extraordinary professor in Optentia presented her prestige lecture on 17 October 2017.  The title was: Advanced performance: Going beyond spoon-feeding to revive the quality of teaching and learning in sch...Read article

Research intern selected to do fieldwork in pedagogy of play research project

Optentia research intern, Stephanie Nowack has been selected to do fieldwork for the research project "Pedagogy of Play". Stephanie started an internship under the supervision of Prof. Tumi Khumalo in March 2017. The res...Read article

Prof. Ian Rothmann invited to talk about mental health in the workplace

The theme that has been identified by the World Federation for Mental Health for the October 2017 World Mental Health Day is "Mental Health in the Workplace". The Department of Health is organising a National Mental Heal...Read article

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Prestige lecture: Prof. M. Grosser
Topic: Advanced performance: Going beyond spoon-feeding to revive th...



Using Google in Research
09:00-13:00 - Presenter: Dr A. van Rensburg



Visit: NTUST (Taiwan)
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BaSSREC Applications Review
Date of submission of compiled report: 2/11/2017

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