IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 511: School Books and History: A Success Story

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Helena Edgren, National Board of Antiquities, Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Helena Edgren, National Board of Antiquities, Helsinki
Paper 511-aPublishers and School Books in History in Finland
(Language: English)
Tuulikki Hanste, Educational Division, Werner Söderström Corporation, Helsinki
Index terms: Education, Printing History, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 511-bMuseums and School Books: Success by Co-Operation?
(Language: English)
Helena Edgren, National Board of Antiquities, Helsinki
Index terms: Education, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 511-cArchaeology in School Books in Finland
(Language: English)
Torsten Edgren, National Board of Antiquities, University of Helsinki
Abstract

WSOY, one of the oldest publishers in Finland, has recently produced a schoolbook in history for children of 11-12 years, which has, suprisingly, been one of the greatest best sellers ever printed by the publisher. The concept was new, the publisher involving experts in history for writing the text, an artist to illustrate the book, and using museum collections as “living examples” of history. Later a history book for higher levels was produced along the same lines. The session focuses on the role of publishers in Finland in initiating new teaching material, why academic experts were willing to participate, and what effect the books have had on the popularity of history at schools.