Eesti Ajaloo- ja Ühiskonnaõpetajate Selts
The Estonian History and Civics Teachers’ Association
About the organisation
The Estonian History and CivicsTeachers´ Association is a non-governmental organisation. It was founded in 1993 by history teachers from different counties and cities. Members of the association are history teachers and educators from Estonian and Russian Language Schools. The main aim of the association is to support and to develop history education in Estonia.
In order to realise its aims, EAS is organising the history competition, conferences, seminars, summer days, in-service training courses for teachers, excursions and other activities for teachers. Through different projects they have developed and are developing teaching material: The Baltic History Textbook and Sourcebook (with the Council of Europe, Latvia and Lithuania), a handbook for teachers on 20th century history (with Latvia and EUROCLIO). The association together with EUROCLIO also undertakes a three-year project to develop teaching material for multicultural schools. Teachers are supported to participate in international conferences and seminars.
The history competition
The aims of the competition "Õpilaste Ajalooalased Uurimistööd" is to reflect on the national history and values; the preservation and continuation of connections between the generations; to deepen the students’ interest in history, widen their mental horizon, and to develop their academic skills. The competition fits into a long-standing Estonian tradition of teaching local history. Nonetheless, students’ research on this subject had never been a competitive discipline. In this respect, the competition is, indeed, groundbreaking and very different from our previous work.
The competition is open to students in grades 7-9 and 10-12. Individual and group papers are accepted. The submissions should be printed on paper (A4). If possible, a computer disc with a copy of the research paper should also be presented. Any additional materials (schemes, charts, photocopies etc.) can be presented inside the text or at the end of the paper. VCR or sound tapes as well as CDs can also be added. Help from tutors is accepted.
The jury is made up of members of different scientific institutions. Members of the organisational committee do not belong to the jury. The jury determines the best papers and makes its decisions regarding prizes as well as recommendations about the presentation of papers during the conference/award ceremony and the publication of the submissions. Deciding on the evaluation standards for the competition requires particular scrutiny, because any kind of biased or unfair decisions have to be avoided. For that reason, the jury has to read the submissions without knowing the authors’ names.
Evaluation criteria are:
- resourcefulness and originality in finding and approaching one’s research subject
- variety and originality of sources (unpublished material)
- reliability of sources
- ability to link different material, to assess it, draw conclusions and parallels
- composition of paper: subtopics/subthemes, introduction, conclusion, bibliography
- use of sources.
The jury awards three main prizes in each age group.
1st prize: 200 €
2nd prize: 175 €
3rd prize: 150 €
The supervisors of the awarded papers receive a prize of 100 €. The jury has the right to rearrange the prize fund if they see it necessary. In addtion, the jury may give out special prizes. All participants receive a letter of appreciation.
The authors of the winning papers have an opportunity to take part in international youth camps.
The 1st to 3rd prizes in the competition are equal to similar results in national history olympiads and therefore the three best students will be admitted into the University of Tartu with the major of their choice and without admittance competition.