Journal of Student Engagement: Education Matters


This paper considers motivation and the relationship to the self-actualisation needs proposed by Abraham Maslow, impacting the academic motivation of students. Self-actualisation needs, are applicable to self-determination theory as well general and academic motivation. The work of Maslow and his conceptions of self-actualisation have evolved over time and it is the aim of the author to marry modern notions of self-actualisation and motivation with ways by which they can inform educators’ practices.