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ERIC Number: ED173261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 22
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Good Citizenship, Humanistic Psychology, and Humanistic Education.
Seif, Elliott
Humanistic psychology aids individuals in developing self-esteem and self-actualization and therefore is an excellent means of citizenship education. According to humanistic psychologists, the process of self-actualization involves the four stages of fulfilling physiological, safety, love, and esteem needs. Some characteristics of the self-actualized person are: a superior perception of reality; increased acceptance of self, of others, and of nature; independence of culture and environment; deep feelings of identification and sympathy for others; profound interpersonal relationships; a democratic character structure; and creativity. By paying more attention to meeting the physiological and psychological need of students, social studies educators aid in the development of good citizens. In order to meet these needs, greater emphasis should be placed on creating more democratic classroom environments; exploring feelings about self and others; giving students some responsibility in their own learning; participating through experiential learning; making connections between what is learned and one's own life; decision making, values clarification, and moral development; and understanding people. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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