On May 22, 2019, the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education together with EDSA hosted a Doctoral Research Dialogue session on the American Educational Research Association (AERA) with Alankrita Chhikara. Alankrita is a doctoral student in Curriculum Studies at Purdue University, where she is focusing her dissertation research on Ikeda/Soka studies in education. She is also the Senior Student Representative for Curriculum Studies in AERA and serves as Vice-President of the Purdue Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Student Association. She holds a graduate degree in Educational Leadership and Societal Change from Soka University of America, where she co-organized the World Summit of Education inspired by Daisaku Ikeda’s 1996 Columbia University lecture.
Titled For and Beyond Your Dissertation: Doctoral Student Engagement in AERA and Why It Matters, the discussion, facilitated by DePaul faculty, Drs. Jason Goulah and Gonazlo Obelleiro, focused on how DePaul’s doctoral students can—and should—become involved in AERA, the largest educational research society in the U.S. and North America. Alankrita shared her own experiences as one of two doctoral representatives in AERA’s Curriculum Studies division and the ways this engagement has informed and enhanced her own doctoral research.
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 aim at establishing a larger network of young scholar-practitioners in Makiguchi and Ikeda studies.