The Institute

(PIC code of Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences: 933868083)


The “Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences” (IAKE) is a non-profit scientific association whose main purpose is the academic, theoretical, practical study and research in the fields of humanities, political and social sciences. It operates on the basis of volunteering and solidarity, with the aim of raising awareness and motivation of its members, society, educators and citizens to promote, advance, cultivate the humanities and social sciences.

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences is based in the island of Crete and more specifically in Heraklion, a city great in natural beauty, magnificent tourist attractions and ancient treasures. Heraklion, also, stands out for its outstanding gastromony and its authentic traditional life. The notable cultural festivities derive from the renowned Ancient Minoan Civilization and are linked to modern times.

The aims of the Institute are:

  • The development, implementation and dissemination of innovative practices, related to the sciences supported by the Institute, at local, national and supranational level.
  • The provision of opportunities for education, training and acquisition of work experience in lifelong learning and adult education structures at national and European level.
  • The development and dissemination of distance learning practices through the implementation and use of new technologies and networks.
  • The organization of educational activities in collaboration with specialists, universities, formal, non-formal and informal education institutions in Greece and abroad, as well as other non-profit institutions, research centers and agencies.
  • The design, implementation and evaluation of European education, training and professional development programs.
  • The cultivation, promotion, advancement and study of the language, history and culture of Greece, as well as the humanitarian, democratic,pedagogical and cultural values and principles of Europe.

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences counts as many as six very fertile and effective years of action in Heraklion, Crete and Greece. During this period of time it has organized and carried out six very successful Scientific Conferences with international participation, the Minutes of which, along with a rich archive material, have been published and posted on its website: www.iake.gr. These six conferences have been attended by Professors coming from various Greek and European universities, as well as by a large number of researchers, scientists, managers, educators, teachers, undergraduate and postgraduate students and scholars in the areas of development, planning, innovation, sustainability, cultural management and communication. This annually held Conferences are one of the most important events of the scientific community of the Region of Crete.

Furthermore, the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences has organized educational and scientific meetings and workshops in Heraklion, Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Pyrgos and elsewhere in Greece and its Instructors have participated in symposiums and round table discussions at other conferences in Greece, Cyprus, Germany and Austria.

  • The 1st International Conference was held in 2015 and its main topic was: ‘Contemporary School through the prism of Humanitites and Social Studies: from theory to everyday practice’.
  • The 2nd International Conference was held in 2016 and its main topic was: ‘Local Government, Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture as pillars to Regional Development’.
  • The 3rd International Conference was held in 2017 and its main topic was: ‘Humanitarian Sciences, Education, Society and Civic Education’.
  • The 4th International Conference was held in 2018 and its main topic was: ‘Democracy, rights and inequalities in the era of economic crisis. Challenges in the field of research and education’.
  • The 5th International Conference was held in 2019 and its main topic was: ‘Interdisciplinarity, as a cognitive, educational, and social challenge’.
  • The 6th International Conference was held in 2020 and its main topic was: ‘Communication, information, media and education in the late modern era’.

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, during these past years, has awarded young scientists who have excelled in the field of Humanities and Social Studies and have presented original research papers and remarkable writing activity. In addition, it collaborates with most Greek Universities on a scientific level as well as with foreign members of the scientific community of European Universities, such as University of Salzburg, University of Bergen, University of Hamburg, University of Bamberg, Western Norway University of Applied Science, University of Augsburg, HAW Hamburg, HAW Landshut, University of the Punjab IIyas Muhammad, Alzahra University, Georgian National University, University Augsburg, University of Landshut Germ, CDA College Cyprus, University Frederick, Open University of Cyprus, University of Guadalajara.

It is with great pride to announce that the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences has designed and is carrying out the following KA1 Courses:

  • Experience Crete, ‘The Homeland of Europe’
  • Travelling to the Minoan Crete
  • The Footsteps of ‘Erotokritos’ as well as the following KA201 Course by the title:
  • ‘Immigrants Digital Education Application of Languages’

To conclude with, the European Projects Team of the Institute is already evaluating and processing more Course proposals in collaboration with University Institutions and other European Agencies and is capable of successfully carrying them out, given its past experience and its qualified scientific staff.

 

Courses

Experience Crete
"The homeland of Europe"
People, Language, Culture, Environment, Nutrition

If you want to study the Cretan language and culture, you are in the right place! Through this program, trainees of all nationalities, adult learners, students, tourism professionals, teachers, etc. have the opportunity to attend a learning experience in another country. At the same time, they will improve their knowledge as well as their mental, psycho-emotional and social skills. Moreover, they are given the opportunity to improve their language skills, to come into contact with a new culture and to develop the sense of European consciousness and identity. IAKE’s commitment to academic knowledge, high quality education and guaranteeing proper recognition of student learning outcomes will meet all expectations.

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Travelling to the Minoan Crete
From the "Tavrokathapsia" of Knosos to the arenas of modern bullfighters.

If you want to study the Minoan civilization, then you are at the right place! Through this program, trainees of all nationalities, adult learners, students, teachers, etc. have the opportunity to experience a learning experience in another country and to acquire knowledge and skills for Europe’s most famous and ancient culture. At the same time, they will improve their linguistic, mental, psycho-emotional and social skills while having the opportunity to interact with a new culture and develop a sense of European consciousness and identity. IAKE’s commitment to academic knowledge, high quality education and guaranteeing proper recognition of learning outcomes for trainees will overcome all your expectations.

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The footsteps of the the "Erotokritos"
Vitsentzos Kornaros: The Skakespeare of the Cretan Renaissance.
Language, Culture, Music, Dances, People.

This program about the culture of Crete is being developed in the beautiful city of Heraklion, but also in other towns and villages of the most beautiful island of Southern Greece. Trainers will have the opportunity to know, study and explore the richness of this culture, especially the linguistic idiom that gave birth to one of the greatest masterpieces of Cretan and Greek literature. The aim of the program is to create and develop strong links between citizens from different countries through acquaintance with important works of European literature. At the same time, trainers of all nationalities, adult learners , students, tourism professionals, teachers, etc. will improve their mental, psycho-emotional and social skills through group and cooperative activities. IAKE'S commitment to academic knowledge and high quality education will overcome all your expectations.

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The I.D.E.A.L. Project


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Erasmus KA201- Strategic Partnerships in the field of School Education 2019-1-TRO1-KA2O1-077218

Coordinator:

  • Kadıkoy Provincial and District Education Directorate

Partners:

  • Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Greece
    • Mrs. Eleni Maraki - Legal Representative
    • Mrs. Jenny Psaltaki - Contact Person- Project Management
  • Istanbul Technical University Turkey
  • Institute Manuel Vázquez Montalbán Spain
  • Western Norway University Norway

The project should be developed transnationally because, as stated at the beginning, the countries which take role in this project are the local actors of the education who are the indicators of the educational and social policies in Europe and dealing with the same problem. So by working cooperatively we wish to support create innovative and new educational methodologies to cope with the multicultural and multilanguage classrooms, and develop our professional skills and learn from each other.

Project Summary

Aims:

  • to develop a free open access digital language learning application for teenagers which enables individualized learning for immigrant learners. (A1 level in Turkish, Norwegian, Greek and Spanish and English which will be survival for the new arrived immigrants to overcome the language and cultural barrier/We expect 100 students to complete the digital course)
  • to involve immigrant students in their own learning with a view to attaining better results and becoming more motivated; (at least 40 percent from the target group will improve their school results)
  • to develop intercultural understanding and acceptance; (at least 60 percent of students will have better knowledge of the country they immigrate)
  • to develop immigrant students' transversal skills - literacy, foreign language, computer literacy, critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability; (at least 30 percent of students will improve these skills)
  • to promote European values and develop cohesion among European citizens. (measurable by analysing project participant students' and teachers' and researchers' attitudes to other cultures, at the end of the project)

Expected Results:

We expect the project to have the following intangible results:
  • more motivated immigrant students
  • improved cohesion of non- immigrant and immigrant students from the same school
  • improved intercultural and inter-religious awareness
  • better school performance
  • improved ICT skills
  • improved language and communication skills
  • improved ability to cope with problems
  • increased self-confidence.
  • more cooperative students, improved teamwork abilities
  • awareness of national identity within a European environment

European Council considers needs analysis as the first step in determining learning objectives (Sert,2002: p. 32). The needs of learners in the language learning process can be determined by the teacher through an analysis of personal information and the information of language proficiency and models of language-use. According to Long (2005: p. 1), the determination of learner needs in foreign language teaching is a prerequisite that becomes increasingly more important for efficient course design. According to Lüdtke and Schwienhorst (2010), a full-scale needs analysis is seen as a beneficial tool for a language centre that thinks strategically and seeks long-term development. When the literature has been examined, there has been seen many literature (Richterich& Chancere,1978; Johnson, 1997;West, 1997; Brown, 2009) on the needs and motivation of language learners who learn English or the other most spoken languages as a foreign language, but when we consider the other languages such as Turkish, Greek or Norwegian, there aren’t any research. Also the researches on language learning need analysis focus on specific age group eg. adults, children. In this research, by examining the theories on language learning and motivation, a needs analysis and motivation questionnaire will be developed to analyze the language learning needs and motivation of the foreign born newly arrived immigrants in Turkey, Norway, Spain and Greece. And the answers of the questions below will also be examined;

  1. What is the needs of the newly arrived immigrant teenager learners?
  2. What is the motivation of the newly arrived teenager learners ?

The research will be designed as qualitative methodology and the data will be collected with a questionnaire developed by the Greek Research Group consisting 3 researchers who are also working as language teachers at the end of the literature review about language learning needs and motivation of the language learners ( September-2019-December 2019). The interview questionnaire will be reviewed by two specialists and a linguist. The research's study group will be the newly arrived immigrants in all partner countries. Due to reduce the sampling error, the number of the calculated samples will be as high as possible and analyze the data appropriately and economically. NVivo programme will be used to analyze the data collected by the students. The questionnaire will be translated also to native language of the learners. The questionnaire will be developed to analyze the needs and motivation of the target group. The questionnaire will be divided to two parts one of them will be divided to two parts, including questions related to demographic traits and needs and motivation. The questionnaire which will be developed in English first and then will be adapted to the other partner countries languages. One teacher working with immigrant students from each partner country except ITU School of Science Technology and Engineering will implement it on students and share the data with the Greek Partner. The Greek partner will analyze it. After the research ended up, The research will be presented at the Symposium in Greece.

At first a mobile digital language learning platform , language notes and worksheets will be designed which will help them to get better social skills, to overcome language problem and to be successful learners. The quality of the language classes will be better as they will be having language classes by mobile technology.

We plan to prepare a teachers' guide and sample lesson plans that how they can use the mobile application as a tool at the classes. There will be also a chapter in the guide that how teachers and students download the programme and use it. It's innovative because the most mobile applications they don't have guidelines that how teachers can integrate them to the classroom programmes. Teacher Guides will support teachers in the planning, implementation and management of the language classes with IDEAL Application. The guide will provide a general introduction to the content, structure and underlying educational philosophy of each unit and it will offer step-by-step guidance on the planning process and advice on different areas of classroom practice such as differentiation, assessment and monitoring. It will also bring together sample lesson plans, teacher training activities and information about further resources and support available from IDEAL website.