In humanistic education,the whole person, not just theintellect, is engaged in the growthand development that are the signsof real learning. The emotions, thesocial being, the mind, and the skillsneeded for a career direction are allfocuses of humanistic education."Much of a humanist teacher's effortwould be put into developing achild's self-esteem. It would beimportant for children to feel goodabout themselves (high self-esteem),and to feel that they can set andachieve appropriate goals (high self-efficacy)."
Choice or Control
The humanistic approach focuses agreat deal on student choice andcontrol over the course of their education. Students are encouragedto make choices that range fromday-to-day activities to periodicallysetting future life goals. This allowsfor students to focus on a specificsubject of interest for any amount of time they choose, within reason.Humanistic teachers believe it isimportant for students to bemotivated and engaged in thematerial they are learning, and thishappens when the topic is somethingthe students need and want to know.
Humanistic education tends to focuson the felt concerns and interests of the students intertwining with theintellect. It is believed that the overallmood and feeling of the students caneither hinder or foster the process of learning.
The Whole Person
Humanistic educators believe thatboth feelings and knowledge areimportant to the learning process.Unlike traditional educators,humanistic teachers do not separatethe cognitive and affective domains.This aspect also relates to thecurriculum in the sense that lessonsand activities provided focus onvarious aspects of the student and3