Associação de Professores de História (APH)
Portuguese Association of History Teachers (APH)
Miguel Monteiro de Barros
About the organisation
The Portuguese Association of History Teachers (APH) is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation. Its main goal is the improvement of history teaching and, subsequently, the improvement of historical consciousness amongst students, making use of good practices such as multi-perspective and comparative history. APH was established in 1981, during the process of re-democratisation of the Portuguese society that took place between 1969 and 1985. Scope of action:
Portugal, Spain and CPLP (countries where Portuguese is used as official language: Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé, Príncipe and East Timor)
Field of activities besides the EUSTORY History Competition:
- Expert advice to individual teachers
- Expert advice, connected to history teaching, to institutions (public and private)
- Round tables and seminars
- Annual conference subordinated to a specific topic
- Lifelong learning for history teachers in the APH’s “Centre for Professional Training”
- Partnerships with government bodies, other associations (Portuguese and foreign), non-governmental organisations and research centers
- Publications (two regular ones: one three times a year and another biannual)
The history competition
The Portuguese competition in held since 2014 at an Iberian level in cooperation with the Spanish Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda. The topic of the first edition was "America".
The competition addresses 4th year of secondary school or 1st and 2nd year of Baccalaureate or Professional Training (14 to 21 years old). Participation is open to students from Spain, Portugal and the Americas. The format of the works is free. In case of written works, the length of 100 pages in double spaces (Arial type) may not be surpassed. In case of three-dimensional works, photographic documents accompanied by a written report have to be handed in.
The panel is composed by teachers and history graduates from Spain and Portugal, who evaluate methodology, diversity of the sources, presentation and lessons learnt of the research projects.
Money prizes are granted on four levels:
1 first prize: 2,500 € for students / 1,250 € for tutors
4 second prizes: 1,000 € for students / 500 € for tutors
5 third prizes: 500 € for students / 250 € for tutors
5 consolation prizes: 200 € for students / 100 € for tutors