• Herman Grobler North-West University, Potchefstroom




supervision tool, postgraduate students, research supervision


It is not uncommon for postgraduate students to postpone or terminate their studies due to emotional and/or academic reasons. The purpose of this research-based article is to propose a specific supervision tool within supervision that may enable the supervisor to meet both academic and emotional needs of students. A qualitative approach was followed with a case study design. A combination of creative drawing and a personality profile was used as a method to guide twelve students towards a better understanding of themselves in order for them to be able to complete the course successfully. The results showed that specific selves are prominent during the supervision process that either motivate the students or act as barriers. Most students had an external locus of control, but also a need to complete their studies. Students became empowered in realising who they are and where their power lies in order to make the best possible decisions regarding their studies.


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How to Cite

Grobler, Herman. 2015. “A SUPERVISION TOOL TO GUIDE POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS DURING RESEARCH SUPERVISION”. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development 27 (2):246-63. https://doi.org/10.25159/2415-5829/366.



Received 2015-08-01
Accepted 2015-08-01
Published 2015-08-01