I am sure that most people would agree with the benefits of taking a humanists approach when teaching in the Life Long Sector. Indeed, improving the confidences and self esteem of our students are paramount in my opinion.
What I am wondering is do you think there are any drawbacks to this approach? I am thinking that while we try to plan our lessons to include tasks and activities that will be interesting to our students, I know from my own classes that this can be challenging and time consuming.
I would welcome your thoughts!
Maslow's first three hierarchy levels I think we can all agree are real, sensible and the foundation of good student learning opportunities. The fourth level 'self-esteem' is really about getting students comfortable challenging themselves going forward, maybe into a new area. For this Maslow explains it is important that a teacher make growth choices positively attractive for students.
If agreeing that urging and supporting students to take managed risks is part of a teachers' role, then yes there is value in its effort with low risk of drawbacks. I suggest the highest risk is if for students who do not achieve the new area goals ..
I love the humanists. And Maslow. The 'self-actualisation' could be problematic though in as much as nothing stays the same. It is impossible. If it were possible (if) to reach an absolute state of self-actualisation, sudden and dramatic life changes could set a person back unless self-actualisation means that a person is permanently beyond the realms of the other stages. It might also become boring, being self-actualised. Not to mention lonely! That could certainly knock you back.