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Research Paper

Volume 3, Issue 1, September 2015

Evaluating the Applicability of Maslow's Theory of Motivation to Education



The theory of Maslow's need hierarchy is not new to the organization behavior. In order to understand the different aspects of Maslow's theory of motivation, its application to education and colleges from the student's point of view is studied. The purpose of this paper is to understand the different stages of motivation for students while they are taking education in the college. The paper is aimed to study the effect of motivational factors on the academic performance of students. According to Maslow's theory, needs that are in the lower hierarchy must be at least partially met before a person will try to satisfy higher-level needs. Although ultimately our goal is to aid students in self-actualizing or becoming "all that one can be," they must first achieve the level of Need to Know and Understand.


  • Maslow’s Need Hierarchy
  • Motivation
  • Education
  • Student
  • College
  • Needs
  • Goal.

How to Cite

Das, L., & Vanarse, S. (2015). Evaluating the Applicability of Maslow’s Theory of Motivation to Education. PARIDNYA- The MIBM Research Journal, 3(1), 1–10. Retrieved from


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