Critical analysis of Maslow’s hierarchy of need

King-Hill, Sophie (2015) Critical analysis of Maslow’s hierarchy of need. The STeP Journal (Student Teacher Perspectives), 2 (4). pp. 54-57.

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This paper intends to provide a critique of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need, a psychological model that often goes unquestioned within the education sector. Examples will be given of the authors own professional practice and experience in relation to the Hierarchy of Need (HON) and discussed in terms of the critique. The paper concludes that whilst some elements of the HON may be useful in education it does have some serious flaws that also need to be considered when applying this to practice. This paper hopes to demonstrate that, quite often, the theoretical underpinning and research basis for theories that are widely used in education are neglected, highlighting that each planned action or perspective that may be used within education needs exploring in terms of context, evidence base and relevance.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: The STeP Journal (Student Teacher Perspectives)
Publisher: University of Cumbria
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Education (IOE) > Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
Additional Information: Sophie King-Hill, University of Worcester, UK.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 18 May 2017 09:13
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 14:46


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