An Academic and Personal Approach to Supervising Project Groups

Jesper Simonsen*, Olav Storm Jensen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article investigates and exemplifies the personal side of our supervising skills. This is inspired from psychotherapeutic research specialized in investigating open-minded contact and authentic meetings. The article is based on our experiences supervising project groups at Roskilde University. Supervision is sometimes a challenging task that may manifest and confront personally-related issues. We advocate combining an academic and personal approach to supervising project groups. We provide a range of empirical examples from the supervising project groups, illustrating the type of personal challenges we meet. These challenges are characterized and conceptualized, and some concrete ways to deal with them are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)36-57
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2022


  • Project groups
  • supervision
  • personally-related issues and challenges
  • negative self-relations
  • performance pressure or anxiety
  • psychotherapeutic research
  • body-oriented awareness
  • grounding
  • the Sensethic Approac

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