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China through the Lens of Comparative Education The selected works of Ruth Hayhoe

By Ruth Hayhoe Copyright 2015
    250 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces – extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and practical contributions – so the world can read them in a single, manageable volume. Readers will be able to follow the themes and strands and see how their work contributes to the development of the field.

    Ruth Hayhoe is a distinguished scholar in comparative education and higher education, as well as one of the most highly regarded experts on Chinese education in the world. Extremely well respected throughout China, she has authored about 75 articles and book chapters, as well as several books on Chinese education and East-West relations in education.

    This selection of 15 of her most representative papers and chapters documents the most significant works of her research on Chinese education, higher education and comparative education. The three sections cover:

      • comparative education and China
      • higher education and history 
      • religion, culture and education.

    The collection not only helps foreign scholars understand Chinese education development in its cultural context comprehensively and systemically, but also provides a fresh point of view for education practitioners and policy makers in China.


    Podcast of Professor Ruth Hayhoe's interview at New Books Network discussing this book and her distinguished career: http://newbooksnetwork.com/ruth-hayhoe-china-through-the-lens-of-comparative-education-the-selected-works-of-ruth-hayhoe-routledge-2015/

    Part I: Comparative Education and China

    1. A Chinese Puzzle

    2. Language in Comparative Education: Three Strands

    3. Redeeming Modernity

    4. Ten Lives in Mine: Creating Portraits of Influential Chinese Educators

    5. The Use of Ideal Types in Comparative Education: A Personal Reflection

    6. Philosophy and Comparative Education: What Can We Learn from East Asia?

    Part II: Higher Education and History

    7. Universities, Cultural Identity, and Democracy: Some Canada-China Comparisons

    8. An Asian Multiversity? Comparative Reflections on the Transition to Mass Higher Education in East Asia

    9. Lessons from the Chinese Academy

    10. China’s Universities, Cross-Border Education and the Dialogue among Civilizations

    11. The Idea of a University of Education

    Part III: Religion, Culture and Education

    12. A Chinese Catholic Philosophy of Higher Education in Republican China

    13. Christianity and Cultural Transmission

    14. Hong Kong’s Potential for Global Educational Dialogue: Retrospective and Vision

    15. A Bridge Too Far? Comparative Reflections on St. Paul and Confucius


    Ruth Hayhoe is Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada.

    This book of Ruth’s has documented the most significant works of her research on Chinese Education, Higher Education, and Inter-cultural Studies. It not only helps foreign scholars understand Chinese education development in its cultural context comprehensively and systemically, but also provides a fresh point of view for education practitioners and policy makers in China to reflect our own education system and better seek its unique value. -- Gu Mingyuan, Senior Professor, Institute of International and Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University

    A must-read for those who are interested in intra-cultural and cross-cultural dialogues in comparative education, China studies, higher education and history, and the inter-linked areas of religion, culture, and education. A must-read for those who are seeking to know the source and soul of a rich, delightful and beautiful scholarly life: Hayhoe’s approach to culture, to education, to the meaning of concepts, and to the meanings in life. -- Pan Suyan, Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Institute of Education

    The volume is an excellent collection illustrating Ruth Hayhoe’s considerable scholarship and its continuing relevance. It will be of great value to graduate students, as well as to more experienced academics, and not only those studying Chinese and Comparative Education. The great merits of this book lie in the scholarly accuracy and depth with which its important topics are considered, and the lucid way in which they are presented. This is notable, given the superficial, repetitive, and prolix nature of so much current social science writing. It has been a pleasure to read and to learn from it. Ruth Hayhoe is a pioneer scholar of Chinese and of Comparative Education whom we should continue to follow. -- W. John Morgan, UNESCO Chair of the Political Economy of Education, School of Education; Senior Fellow, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham; and Honorary Professor, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, in International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning Volume 8 Issue 2 (May 2016)