n South African Journal of Higher Education - Self-esteem enhancement and capacity building in the process of supervising master's students

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



In the experience of the author, supervision at master's level is not only a question of guiding students who are ready and able to do research. It is a process of supervising students to develop their capacity and enhance their esteem. The writer further highlights the challenges which must be met in building capacity and facilitating the self-esteem of students. She argues that these can be overcome. For this to happen, however, many requirements must be met. Chief among these are the willingness and continued capacity of supervisors themselves. Furthermore, the article suggests that supervision and teaching students even at higher degree level, involves continuous feedback. This feedback must be given by supervisors and students to one another. Consensus on criteria of such feedback must be reached with students to ensure ownership and respect thereof. The process of arriving at such a consensus is itself contributory to students' ability to think objectively and to build their capacity in research-related skills.

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