Maslow's theory deals with emotions, not cognition. But he does strongly maintain that proper emotional development is crucial to curiosity and to creative thinking.
Emotional well being is the key to thinking and to proper learning.
One knows nothing from behavior. We have to understand the underlying need that motivated the behavior. A given stage can give rise to many different behaviors. Likewise, a given behavior can be indicative of many different stages.
Emotional health is the goal of humanistic education. Education should be nurturing. The role of the teacher is to be a facilitator—to help the child pursue her/his own interests. Each child is unique, and educational goals for each child must be unique.
HIERARCHY and SEQUENCE What Is a Hierarchy? You must successfully complete (resolve, equilibrate) one stage before you go to the next. How Is Hierarchy Related To Sequence? All hierarchical theories are sequential, but not all sequential theories are hierarchical.
POTENCY of NEEDS The needs are INNATE, but they are not of equal potency (strength). They are arranged in a hierarchy of potency. AN INDIVIDUAL IS MOTIVATED BY HER/HIS MOST POTENT UNSATISFIED NEED
THE NEEDS ARE UNIVERSAL BUT CULTURE OFTEN DETERMINES HOW THE NEEDS ARE SATISFIED