The Finnish Society for the History of Education is a science association that was founded in 1935. The society promotes historical research concerning education and training and supports interests in such in Finland.
The society publishes the peer-reviewed journal, Kasvatus & Aika (Education & Time), which is published quarterly. The articles are primarily in Finnish, but the Journal also includes texts in both Swedish and English. The Society has also published its own yearbook since 1935. The 2011 Yearbook is the 49th such book.
The society organizes lectures, seminars and conferences. In addition, it operates in cooperation with other actors in the field, such as the National Board of Education and the Helsinki City Museum.
The most recent project of the society is linked to the collection of education-related memory data. The purpose is to collect reminiscence material which displays changes concerning Finnish schools. Finnish education may, for very good reasons, be regarded as a success story. Over a period of fifty years, the educational level in Finland has risen rapidly, and at the current time, the excellence of Finnish youngsters is at the global forefront according to school achievement measurements. The objective is to clarify how both former and current teachers and former students have experienced their education and its changes. Such material is not only valuable in terms of self-understanding of the field, but also, specifically, for research purposes.