Johann Louw



Contact details
Tel. No: 650-3414
Room Number: 3.03 - PD Hahn Building, Upper Campus
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Description: Description: JL Recent PicResearch interests

History of psychology, focusing on: historiography; historical developments in psychological interventions and practices; history of South African psychology; professionalisation; and asylum architecture.

Programme evaluation: programmes in drug and alcohol prevention; violence prevention in schools; and information technology in education.


Teaching Interests

Undergraduate:  Introduction to Psychology; Personality Theories;Life-span Development

Postgraduate:  Philosophical and Theoretical Issues in Psychology; Introduction to Programme Evaluation;

Selected Publications

  1. Louw, J. (2011). South Africa. In D. Baker, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Psychology(pp. 43-59). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2. Bowles, S., Louw, J., & Myers, B. (2011). Perceptions of organizational functioning in substance abuse treatment facilities in South Africa. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 9, 308-319.
  3. Petersen, I., Louw, J., Dumont, K., & Malope, N. (2010). Adjustment to university and academic performance: Brief report of a follow-up study. Educational Psychology, 30, 369-375.
  4. Skinner, K. & Louw, J. (2009). The feminization of psychology: data from South Africa.International Journal of Psychology, 44, 81-92.
  5. Louw, J., Brown, C., Muller, J., & Soudien, C. (2009). Instructional technologies in social science instruction in South Africa. Computers & Education53, 234-242.
  6. Dumont, K. & Louw, J. (2009). A citation analysis of Henri Tajfelís work on intergroup relations.International Journal of Psychology44, 46-59.
  7. Petersen, I., Louw, J., & Dumont, K. (2009). Adjustment to university and academic performance among disadvantaged students in South Africa. Educational Psychology29, 99-115.
  8. Louw, J., Muller, J. and Tredoux, C. (2008).Time-on-task, technology and mathematics achievement. Eval Program Plann., 31(1), pp 41-50.
  9. Louw, J. and Danziger, K. (2007). Social practice/Psychological theorizing. Psychological Practices and Ideology : The South African case.
  10. Louw, J. (2006). Constructing subjectivity in unexpected places. In A. Brock (Ed.), Internationalizing the History of Psychology (pp. 16-33). New York: New York University Press.
  11. Louw, J. (2004). In search of method. In A. C. Brock, J. Louw and W. Van Hoorn (Eds.). Rediscovering the history of psychology: Essays inspired by the work of Kurt Danziger (pp. 33-52). London: Kluwer.
  12. Le Grange, D., Louw, J., Breen, A. and Katzman, M. (2004). The meaning of 'self-starvation' in impoverished black adolescents in South Africa. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 28, 439-461.
  13. Muller, F.H. and Louw, J. (2004). Learning environment, motivation and interest: Perspectives on self-determination theory. South African Journal of Psychology, 34, 169-190.
  14. Louw, J. (2002) Psychology, history, and society. South African Journal of Psychology, 32, 1-8.
  15. Donald, D., Dawes, A. and Louw, J. (Eds.)(2000). Addressing Childhood Adversity. Cape Town: David Philip.
  16. Louw, J. (2000). Improving practice through evaluation. In D. Donald, A. Dawes and J. Louw (Eds.), Addressing Childhood Adversity. Cape Town: David Philip.
  17. Dumont, K. and Louw, J. (2001). The International Union of Psychological Science and the Politics of Membership: Psychological Associations in South Africa and the German Democratic Republic. History of Psychology, 4, 388-404.
  18. Louw, J. and Swartz, S. (2001). An English asylum in Africa: Space and order in Valkenberg Asylum. History of Psychology, 4, 3-23.
  19. Louw, J. and Van Hoorn, W. (1997). Psychology, conflict and peace in South Africa: Historical notes. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 3, 233-243.
  20. Louw, J. (1995). Evaluation in South Africa: An introduction. Evaluation and Program Planning, 18, 351-153.
  21. Louw, J., Katzenellenbogen, J. and Carolissen, R.(1995). Community health needs, community participation, and evaluation research. Evaluation and Program Planning, 18, 365-369.
  22. Louw, J. and Foster, D. (1991). Historical perspective: Psychology and group relations in South Africa. In D. Foster and J. Louw-Potgieter (Eds), Social Psychology in South Africa . Johannesburg: Lexicon.