We examine the parent/teacher relationship through Maslow’s (1943) Hierarchy of Needs, which theorizes that physiological and safety needs must be met before someone feels a sense of belonging, and that sense of belonging and esteem are needed for self-actualization (reaching one’s full potential). We discuss ways to meet the basic needs of parents with the purpose of fostering positive collaborative partnerships between parents and special education teachers.
Keith, Deanna L. Dr. and Spaulding, Lucinda S,, "Applying Maslow's Hierarchy to the Parent/Teacher Relationship" (2011). Faculty Publications and Presentations. 214.