Optentia - Unlocking potential in educational processes

Annette Willemse -- Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:42

Optentia: unlocking potential in educational processes

Optentia is a research focus area based on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) that focuses on developing and organising knowledge for the optimal expression of individuals, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context.  The research focus area recently introduced a new sub-programme into their midst, called Unlocking Potential in Educational Processes, led by Prof Isaac Xaba. 


The sub-programme, Unlocking Potential in Educational Processes focuses its research on unlocking potential in educational processes, including educational management and leadership, school governance and parent involvement, school infrastructure, facilities, safety and security, curriculum delivery and assessment as well as inclusive education.  This sub-programme studies the development of educational processes that will equip learners with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to foster and sustain engaged communities, as well as learning and teaching environments.

The research in Optentia is organised in terms of sub-programmes and the following are the current research focuses: Flourishing in institutions which investigate the satisfaction with life and various life domains, Pathways to resilience and Post-traumatic growth, which explores how and why some South African children, youth, and adults adjust well to adversity and flourish following experiences of trauma, Psychology Well-being and Communal Thriving aims to study the measurement and promotion of  psychosocial well-being  and Talent management. The latter aims to explore the current talent management practices in organisations with the aim of developing interventions to effectively attract, develop and retain talented employees in these organisations. 

For more information, please visit www.optentia.co.za  

* Optentia utilises the inputs of various disciplines in the social sciences, including Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, and Educational Psychology, Educational Sciences, Sociology, Labour Relations, and Social Work.