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ERIC Number: EJ894805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Assessing Coverage of Maslow's Theory in Educational Psychology Textbooks: A Content Analysis
Wininger, Steven R.; Norman, Antony D.
Teaching Educational Psychology, v6 n1 p33-48 Spr 2010
Although Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory (HNT) is one of the most prevalent theories in psychology, the authors argued that it is also one of the most misinterpreted or misrepresented, particularly in educational psychology textbooks. Therefore, after carefully reading Maslow's writings on HNT they conducted a content analysis of 18 educational psychology textbooks to ascertain the accuracy and depth of coverage of Maslow's HNT. Overall, the results of this content analysis revealed some disappointing trends. A primary concern is the inaccuracy in the presentation. A secondary concern is the minimal attempt to apply the theory meaningfully to educational contexts. The potential origin of these inaccuracies as well as additional problems with coverage of motivation as a whole in educational psychology textbooks are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
Teaching Educational Psychology Special Interest Group (TEP/SIG). Educational Foundations Department, Millersville University, P.O. Box 1002, 1 South George Street, Millersville, PA 17551. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States