About Dr Yeow-Tong Chia

Dr. Yeow-Tong Chia is Senior Lecturer in History Curriculum Education at the University of Sydney, where he teaches History Curriculum units in the combined degree and the Master of Teaching programs. He is also the Country Coordinator for Singapore with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

Yeow-Tong completed his Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto in the fields of history of education as well as comparative, international and development education. His research examined the role of education in the formation of the Singapore developmental state, in which he explored the interconnections between changes in history, civics and social studies curricula, as well as the politics of nation building. His other research interests include history education and citizenship education in Singapore and Australia, the teaching of Chinese history in Ontario’s high schools, Chinese Canadian history in Canadian history education, and education and developmental state formation.


Research interests
Educational history, sociology and philosophy

  • History of education
Educational systems: administration, management and leadership
  • International and comparative education
Research on teaching and learning
  • Social sciences, including civics
Keywords: history, state formation, comparative and international education, history curriculum, citizenship education


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Selected publications

  • Chia, Y., Beard, K. (2019). Teaching citizenship in the history classroom. In T. Allender, A. Clark & R. Parkes (Eds.), Historical thinking for history teachers: A new approach to engaging students and developing historical consciousness, (pp. 310-322). Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Chia, Y., Neoh, J. (2017). Comparative insights on civics and citizenship education and the curriculum: A view from Singapore. In Andrew Peterson, Libby Tudball (Eds.), Civics and citizenship education in Australia: Challenges, practices and international perspectives, (pp. 263-278). London: Bloomsbury.
  • Chia, Y. (2017), Education, culture and the Singapore developmental state: Reflections on writing the book (The HEAD Foundation Occasional Paper, No.1/2017). [More Information]
  • Loke, H., Chia, Y., Gopinathan, S. (2017). Hybridity, the developmental state and globalisation: The case of Singapore's universities. Studies in Higher Education, 42(10), 1887-1898. [More Information]