humanistic learning theory

humanistic learning theory

Two definitions are central to this entry: humanism and learning. Humanism focuses on human beings being free to act and control their own destinies. It centers on human values, interests, capacities, needs, worth, and dignity. It is a belief that people have an unlimited potential for growth and development and that they are inherently good. Individuals have the ability to determine for themselves truth and falsehood through rational and empirical thought. Learning refers to the acquisition of new knowledge, behaviors, skills, and values through a process of study, practice, and/or experience. It is a “process by which behavior is changed, shaped, or controlled” (Knowles et al. 1998 , p. 13).
Abraham H. Maslow, who is considered the father of humanistic psychology, has had a significant impact on the development of learning theory. He was arguably one of the most influential psychologists.

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A teacher always responds to the content of learners’ written work, not just the quality of the language. They write an extended ‘answer’ to this work, and also offer choices for learners who prefer to write on another topic.
In the classroom
Humanistic teaching approaches include the Silent Way, Community Language Learning, Total Physical Response and Suggestopaedia.

Humanistic learning theory
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