Humanism seeks to engage the learner as a whole, where their intellect, feelings, social capacities, artistic and practical skills are given attention in the learning process. The purpose of education is for learners to progress towards autonomy and the realization of one's full potential (referred to as self-actualisation).
Humanism places a great deal of emphasis on learner choice and control over their education. Learners are encouraged to focus on a specific subject of interest for any amount of time they choose, within reason. Learners must be motivated and engaged in the material they are learning, and this happens when the topic is something the students need and want to know.
in the humanist paradigm self-evaluation is the only meaningful assessment - external grading is viewed as irrelevant and is thought to encourage students to work for a grade and not for personal satisfaction. Teachers provide students with a non-threatening environment so that they will feel secure to learn. Once students feel secure, learning becomes easier and more meaningful.