Date of Defense



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Vicki Vanderheyden

Second Advisor

Dr. Karen Thomas

Third Advisor

Dr. Ariel Anderson


A problem exists with the definition of "school," described as, "an organization for instruction" (Merriam Webster, 1995, p. 1045). This definition fails to emphasize the importance of children learning. Children are not in ideal learning environments if some or all of the first four needs on Maslow's Hierarchy are not met. It is necessary that people in children's lives try to meet these needs in order for the children to actualize their full potential. In my thesis I examine the first four needs on Maslow's Hierarchy with a literature review, and through my own research I present possible answers to how schools, teachers, and parents can meet the four needs of their children.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only