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What is Humanistic Education?1 min read

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Humanistic education focuses on the development of the complete kid with a primary stress on emotional (affective) aspects of the kid. Therefore development of a child’s self -concept becomes a central issue of concern. If the child feels good about himself or herself then that is a positive start.

Feeling sensible concerning oneself would involve associate degree understanding of ones’ strengths and weaknesses, and a beliefin one’s ability to enhance. Learning is not an end in itself; it is the means to progress towards the most successful point of self-development, which Maslow terms ‘Self-actualization’

According to humanistic psychologists, learning occurs in children because they are inwardly driven. Consequently, the sense of achievement that having learned something affords is a reward to the learner.

In contrast, behaviorists’ view would lay emphasis on the extrinsic rewards as effective force for a child to learn.

In contrast, behaviorists’ view would lay emphasis on the extrinsic rewards as effective force for a child to learn. Rewards from outside constitute extrinsic rewards and such include things like praise, money, gold stars, etc. Therefore, learning is reward driven. On the other hand a reward from within such as a satisfaction of a need is an intrinsic reward. It is intrinsic because it is from within oneself.  This is consistent with the humanistic approach, where creating a need within the child or instilling within the child self-motivation is the goal of education

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