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Value creating education and the Capability Approach: a comparative analysis of Soka education’s facility to promote well-being and social justice

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Article number1138575
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Cogent Education
Issue number1
Number of pages15
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date22/01/16
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The relatively unfamiliar pedagogy of Soka (value creating) education is analysed for its capacity to promote well-being and social justice, using the well-known Capability Approach (CA) as a comparator. Various aspects of Soka education correspond favourably with the CA, indicating its potential as a credible and constructive approach for facilitating improved quality of life for individuals and communities. Diverse practical applications of Soka education illustrate how its principles are actualized in advancing social justice issues. Empirical research on Soka education is suggested to investigate its assertions that the pursuit of value creation leads to happiness and well-being.

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Cogent Education. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Cogent Education (2016), 3:1138575, DOI: 10.1080/2331186X.2016. 1138575 © 2016 The Author(s). This open access article is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license.