Historicizing Comparative and International Education, and Internationalizing History of Education: A Personal Reflection on Ruth Hayhoe’s Call for Cultural Dialogue

  • Yeow Tong Chia
Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)


A key focus of Ruth Hayhoe’s scholarship has been the call for cultural dialogue and mutual understanding between the East and the West. Inspired by her lifelong passion for global cultural dialogue and understanding, this chapter proposes a deep dialogue between two academic discourse “cultures”1 in education—history of education, and comparative and international education—both of which I consider to be my intellectual “home.” This is a reflective, and, in part, personal piece on my own intellectual journey in both fields of study, and the impact of Ruth’s work on my thinking and scholarship. A deep dialogue and conversation, not only between scholars, but also between the professional institutions representing these two fields of study would result, I hope, in a renewed emphasis on history in comparative and international education, and a reawakened global and international consciousness in the field of history of education.2 In other words, we need to go beyond ad hoc conversations to more systematic and intentional dialogue.


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