Soka education philosophy as a foundation for teacher preparation in creating inclusive education

Joseph Seyram Agbenyega, Kiiko Ikegami, Corine Rivalland

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Current global shifts in education towards inclusive early childhood education are deeply engineered by the crisis of educational exclusion. In responding to exclusion, teachers have mainly utilized dominant western theories to plan and implement inclusive teaching. In this chapter, we draw on a non-western philosophy, a Nichiren Buddhist (Soka) philosophy, to provide a ‘kaleidoscopic’ lens through which to create inclusive educational learning spaces that engender full participation of all children. The Soka education philosophy is a humanist concept which can guide teachers when preparing to create inclusive education. The aims of this chapter are threefold: The first is an exploration of the Nichiren Buddhist (Soka) philosophy. The second aim is to highlight how this philosophy can enable teachers to unleash the unlimited potential of children in inclusive learning settings. Thirdly, we argue that grounding early childhood teacher education in this philosophy can help improve the effectiveness of inclusive educational experience for all children.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResourcing Inclusive Education
EditorsJanka Goldan, Jennifer Lambrecht, Tim Loreman
Place of PublicationBingley UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781800434561, 9781800434585
ISBN (Print)9781800434578
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Inclusive Education
ISSN (Print)1479-3636


  • Inclusive education
  • Nichiren Buddhism
  • Positive relationships
  • Soka education
  • Teacher preparation
  • Unlimited potential

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