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Roelien Herholdt

Specialist Manager: Assessment Unit
+27 (0)87 803 0171 | rherholdt@jet.org.za


Roelien holds a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology as well as Honours Degrees in Clinical Psychology, with specialisations in cognitive psychology, special educational needs and school counselling.  Roelien received the award for the top achiever in M.Ed. Educational Psychology and the University of Johannesburg's Chancellor's medal for the most meritorious Master's student in the Faculty of Education in 2017.

She has a wealth of experience in psychological and educational assessment, remedial teaching, learning support and quantitative research spanning more than 20 years.  She has managed learner and/or teacher testing components in projects such as:

  • The standardisation and validation of the MARKO-D (number concept and arithmetic test for 4 to 8 year olds) for use in Afrikaans, English, isiZulu and Sesotho (2013-2016)
  • The Japanese International Cooperation Agency’s mathematical word problem project phase 1 (2012) and phase 2 (2014-2015)
  • The setting of educational targets and developing a score card for affordable independent schools (2013 - current).

Roelien managed learning support materials development for mathematics in Grades 3, 6 and 9 for the UNICEF and Department of Basic Education partnership. These materials made use of error analysis of learners' responses to test questions.

She is a regular speaker on the subjects of assessment, early childhood development and the neuroscience of reading and mathematics and has published her work in several forms including book chapters, test manuals, learning briefs, seminar presentations and conference papers.  

Her responsibilities at JET include 

  • Research development and project implementation
  • Data collection and analyses, reporting and information dissemination
  • Management of assessments (teachers and learners)
  • Test and instrument development for assessment purposes
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