The research focus of the Department of Educational Psychology is aimed at the educational psychological development of human potential in schools and communities. The ultimate aim is to develop and implement appropriate inclusive school- and community-based educational psychological programmes as well as specialised programmes. This will provide opportunities for optimal development and self-actualisation.
Main areas of research
Implementation of inclusive education in different systems: This area focuses on the development of support strategies within learning environments and communities. An established area is the inclusion of especially learners with disabilities.
Assessment within the inclusive classroom: Within the field of assessment, many facets of educational and psychological assessment are studied in order to establish a holistic approach to assessment.
High-risk youth and the non-formal learner: This domain focuses on the challenges of the non-formal learning environment, which includes youth centres and adult basic education centres. The inclusion and educational support of high-risk youth, e.g. those with emotional and behavioural challenges, and the adult learner are addressed.
Therapeutic and learning support for children and families with learning and developmental challenges: Support is provided both within the classroom context and within the family or community context. Therapeutic and counselling strategies constitute this domain.
Training of educational psychologists and school councillors: Themes include counselling, trauma management and collaborative consultation in communities.
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