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American Educational Journal Publishes Special Issue on Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

The American Educational Studies Association (AESA) has recently published a special issue examining the life and work of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, the founder and first president of the Soka Gakkai. The special issue of Educational Studies, AESA's journal, is titled "Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944): Educational Philosophy in Context," and was published in April 2009.

The special issue represents the first time a leading academic journal in the USA has focused exclusively on Makiguchi's life and work, and for many specialists and educators will serve as an introduction to the concept of Soka (value-creating) education and its founder. The articles it contains examine aspects of Makiguchi's career and educational pedagogy from historical perspectives and in terms of its meaning for contemporary educators. Articles include a review of existing research, the introduction of previously untranslated texts, an analysis of the record of Makiguchi's interrogation by Japan's thought police following his detention during World War II, as well as a report on a project to apply some of Makiguchi's educational theories in contemporary New York.

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda contributed a foreword for the special issue, in which he states: "Makiguchi had always argued that a clear sense of purpose was indispensable to education. His lifelong efforts as an educator and then as a Buddhist were permeated with a sense of purpose--the creation of a just society free from violence and war."

Individuals may purchase this issue by taking out a personal online subscription to Educational Studies for the year 2009.

Abstracts of articles can be viewed and single articles or issues purchased online at informaworld.com.