Maslow and Educational Heirachy

MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS and the EDUCATIONAL HIERARCHY

This five stage model can be divided into basic (or deficiency) needs (e.g. physiological, safety, love, and esteem) and growth needs (self-actualization).

  1. Biological and Physiological needs – air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep.
  2. Safety needs – protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.
  3. Love and belongingness needs – friendship, intimacy, affection and love, – from work group, family, friends, and romantic relationships.
  4. Esteem needs – achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, self-respect, and respect from others.
  5. Self-Actualization needs – realizing personal potential, self-fulfilment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.

This is usually portrayed as a triangle with 1 at the base since the concept is that until you’ve got the foundations in place for the most basic needs you can’t build on and develop the others.

Therefore I took this and identified an educational hierarchy of needs to help trainers and trainees develop things appropriately through GPST.

(See graph below and I note that my trainer’s group kept a copy of this and the transition curve handy when we were discussing trainees who weren’t progressing as expected.)

NOTE I believe a lot of the challenges for established GP at the moment is that the growth need of self-actualization is being constantly undermined my challenges from government etc. to the lower level areas.

(For those interested there is detailed hand-out from Ramesh Mehay on Maslow and self-actualization separately)

 

Iain Lamb 2016