Importance of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
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Published: Dec 13th, 2009
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can be a valuable aid when dealing with the process of education. Achieving each of the levels of Maslow’s needs- physiological, safety, social, esteem, and self-actualization- at different times in the educational process makes it difficult to instruct a group of students, each in their own place along Maslow’s pyramid. According to his theory, needs that are in the lower hierarchy must be at least partially met before a person will try to satisfy higher- level needs.
Lately, I have been thinking about why there was so much tension in this particular ESL class and why some of the students did not want to participate. Maslow’s theory helped me understand the importance of those needs. I found many outside influences that may have affected those needs to be met among some of my classmates.
One of the possibilities for example, could be financial concerns. Limited income may force families to live in impoverished
References: Adler, R.B., &Proctor, R.F. II (2007) Looking out Looking in (12th ed). Belmont, CA: Thompson Learning, Inc.