Maslow 's Theory Of Learning Design And Delivery

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In the context of learning design and delivery, assess and discuss the implications of Maslow’s Hierarch of Needs. In 1943, psychologist Abraham Maslow defined his “hierarchy of needs” that has since become an essential theory of behaviour motivation. As such, every human is trying to fulfil their needs in a hierarchic order. Only if the basic deficiency needs such as physiological and safety needs, belongingness, love and esteem are fulfilled first, an individual can move onto fulfilling their higher-order needs such as self-actualization (Maslow 1954). A want for education and academic success was categorized as an extended higher version of Maslow’s hierarch of needs (Maslow 1970). Since its beginning, Maslow’s Hierarch of Needs has made an impact on education (McLeod 2007). As well as lots of support, Maslow’s humanistic approach has faced criticism over the years. The aim of this essay is to evaluate Maslow’s Hierarch of Needs and to discus how teachers as well as trainee teachers can apply knowledge of the theory to understand their learners better and to motivate them in their learning process. Various researches indicate, if one of Maslow’s basic needs is not fulfilled, a student’s interest in learning is negatively affected (Noltemeyer et al. 2012, p. 1862). First characterized and most basic needs are the physiological needs. Life of a person living in absolute poverty with a lack of food is driven by the desire for a meal (Maslow 1943, p. 374). Their main
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