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: https://newbooksnetwork.com/ruth-hayhoe-china-through-the-lens-of-comparative-education-the-selected-works-of-ruth-hayhoe-routledge-2015/

chapter |13 pages


China through the Lens of Comparative Education

part I|90 pages

Comparative education and China

chapter 1|16 pages

A Chinese Puzzle

chapter 2|11 pages

Language in comparative education

Three strands

chapter 3|14 pages

Redeeming modernity

chapter 4|13 pages

Ten lives in mine

Creating portraits of influential Chinese educators

chapter 5|15 pages

The use of ideal types in comparative education

A personal reflection

chapter 6|19 pages

Philosophy and comparative education

What can we learn from East Asia?

part II|83 pages

Higher education and history

chapter 7|15 pages

Universities, cultural identity, and democracy

Some Canada–China comparisons

chapter 8|20 pages

An asian multiversity?

Comparative reflections on the transition to mass higher education in East Asia

chapter 9|22 pages

Lessons from the chinese academy

chapter 11|7 pages

The idea of a university of education

part III|42 pages

Religion, culture, and education

chapter 13|6 pages

Christianity and cultural transmission

chapter 14|18 pages

Hong Kong’s potential for global educational dialogue

Retrospective and vision

chapter 15|7 pages

A bridge too far?

Comparative reflections on St. Paul and Confucius