Living as Learning: John Dewey in the 21st Century (2014, Dialogue Path Press) and Daisaku Ikeda, Language and Education (2015, Routledge) received the 2015 Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association at its annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, November 11 – 15, 2015.
Living as Learning: John Dewey in the 21st Century is the published dialogue among Daisaku Ikeda and Dewey scholars, Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman, who delivered the inaugural lecture at the opening of the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education in January 2015. The Critics Choice Book Award committee indicated that Living as Learning “makes deep philosophical enquiry, navigating through topics, such as, what is human nature? How do we distinguish between good and evil? What is a good life? And how do we foster global citizens in the 21st century who can contribute to a more humanistic society? These questions are pertinent to any creative democracy.”
Daisaku Ikeda, Language and Education, edited by Institute director, Jason Goulah, examines Daisaku Ikeda’s contributions to language theorizing and education. The award committee indicated this collection of chapters by international scholars, including DePaul professor Gonzalo Obelleiro and Institute doctoral assistant Nozomi Inukai, “represents a significant step forward in our knowledge of an important contemporary Japanese educational philosopher and school system founder, Daisaku Ikeda, whose work has broad relevance to the field of education across many disciplines, including philosophy, language, curriculum studies, religion, peace studies, and cosmopolitanism. It is a timely addition to the scholarship in the emerging field of Ikeda Studies.”