'Doing a Maslow': Humanistic education and diversity in police training

Authors: Heslop, R.

Journal: The Police Journal:

Volume: 79

Issue: 4

ISSN: 1740-5599

This article shows how training for police trainers in Britain has for many years been underpinned by a specific and prescriptive set of adult learning theories. These theories are broadly based on the principles of humanistic education and psychology. Whilst humanism remains an influential tradition within training and education, it has been roundly criticised for its latent individualism and lack of attention to diversity. The article posits a contradiction in a training programme between its aims to 'promote diversity' and its promotion of learning theories which are questionable from a diversity perspective.

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