AERA 2018 Conference Report

Institute for Daiksau Ikeda Studies in Education

The 2018 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) was held in New York.

For the second year in a row, a two-day, all-day pre-conference session on Soka studies in education was held on April 12 and 13. Titled, Soka Studies in the Possibilities and Necessities of Non-Western, International, and Comparative Curriculum Inquiry, this year’s session was facilitated by Jason Goulah (DePaul University) and Namrata Sharma (SUNY Oswego) and was attended by over 20 participants, including faculty, master’s and doctorate students, and guest representatives from Soka Gakkai, SGI-USA, and Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning and Dialogue. After the facilitators shared the use of key terms within Ikeda/Soka studies in education, attendees engaged in extensive dialogue about the primary and secondary literature on the educational philosophies and practices of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda, and Daisaku Ikeda. The second day of the session was aimed at assisting participating master’s and…

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