Heleen Hofmeyr

Researcher and PHD Student

Heleen Hofmeyr obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Value and Policy Studies before completing a BComm (Honours) and MComm in Economics at Stellenbosch University. During her undergraduate studies, she majored in Philosophy, Economics and Decision-making and Value Studies. Her PhD thesis looks at academic resilience in South Africa, with a focus on the social contexts that promote learning among socio-economically disadvantaged students. Heleen has been affiliated with RESEP as a researcher since 2016.

Perseverance, Passion, and Poverty: Examining the association between grit and reading achievement in high-poverty schools

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2020
This paper examines whether school characteristics moderate the association between grit and reading achievement in a sample of Grade 6 learners in high-poverty contexts.
April 20, 2020 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

Revised results confirm large improvements in South Africa’s reading outcomes, albeit from a low base

A recent paper by Martin Gustafsson shows that there have been significant improvements in reading in South Africa in recent years.
March 4, 2020 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

Performance Beyond Expectations: Academic Resilience in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP19/2019
Socio-economic status and educational outcomes are strongly linked across countries and education systems. However, a growing body of research documents the existence of students from…
December 20, 2019 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

Academic resilience in challenging contexts: Evidence from township and rural primary schools in South Africa

Wills, G. and Hofmeyr, H., 2019. Academic resilience in challenging contexts: Evidence from township and rural primary schools in South Africa. International Journal of Educational Research, 98,…
October 9, 2019 By: Gabrielle Wills, Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

Academic Resilience in Challenging Contexts: Evidence From Township and Rural Primary Schools in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No.WP18/2018
Poverty is considered a risk factor that jeopardizes children’s academic performance. However, even in high-poverty contexts there are students who manage to achieve consistently good…
November 23, 2018 By: Gabrielle Wills, Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

Academic resilience in challenging school contexts in South Africa

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 01/2018
Poverty is considered a risk factor that jeopardizes children’s academic performance. Yet even in high poverty contexts there are students who manage to achieve consistently…
September 4, 2018 By: Gabrielle Wills, Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

Home background and schooling outcomes in South Africa: Insights from the National Income Dynamics Study

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2018
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2018 Publication date: January 2018 Abstract: Patterns of poverty and inequality in South Africa are largely sustained by differential educational…
July 19, 2018 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

Higher Education Access and Outcomes for the 2008 National Matric Cohort

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16/2016
This study uses a unique dataset to investigate university access, throughput, and dropout for the 2008 national matric cohort. The findings show that university access…