On March 13, 2018, EDSA and the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education co-sponsored the Doctoral Research Dialogue with Simon Høffding. Simon Høffding graduated from Soka University of America in 2008, obtained his PhD from University of Copenhagen in 2015, and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, working on phenomenological aesthetics in visual art.


After presenting his research of the mind of a musical virtuoso, Simon raised the following research questions: What does expertise in teaching look like? What goes on in the mind of an expert teacher? And how does Ikeda’s notion of care look like? Both masters and doctoral students engaged in lively discussion around these questions. One topic in particular that generated discussion was what care might looklike. There can be multiple ways of caring depending on the teacher and students’ backgrounds, and care manifests both in making knowledge and content meaningful and in relational aspects of teaching.


Simon Flyer



The Doctoral Research Dialogue Series was initiated in 2015 to provide DePaul EdD and MEd students opportunities to engage scholars from outside DePaul in dialogue around common research interests, activities, and goals. The dialogue series is facilitated by Dr. Gonzalo Obelleiro to establish a larger network of young scholar-practitioners in Makiguchi and Ikeda studies.