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Technology As A Support For Literacy Achievements For Children At Risk

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Presenting cutting-edge studies from various countries into the theoretical and practical issues surrounding the literacy acquisition of at-risk children, this volume focuses specifically on the utility of technology in supporting and advancing literacy among the relevant populations. These include a range of at-risk groups such as those with learning disabilities, low socioeconomic status, and minority ethnicity. Arguing that literacy is a key requirement for integration into any modern society, the book outlines new ways in which educators and researchers can overcome the difficulties faced by children in these at-risk groups. It also reflects the rapid development of technology in this field, which in turn necessitates the accumulation of fresh research evidence.


Hindu Achievements In Exact Science

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It is seldom that a book of such slender proportions contains such an encyclopedic amount of information, written, withal, so interestingly. As the advertisement states, "The main object of this little book is to furnish some of the chronological links and logical affinities between the scientific investigations of the Hindus and those of the Greeks, Chinese, and Saracens." The claims of the brilliant young author, for Professor Sarkar is a young man, are supported by a bibliography of seventy-two names of which fifty-one are non-Hindu, most of them English.
He reminds us that positive science is but three-hundred years old, even in Europe, and that the Saracens are admitted to have been the teachers of the Greeks in those distant times which are here characterized as the pre-scientific era of science. The Saracens having learned from the Hindus, the latter were at least on a par with the European nations until the 13th century A.D. We must remember that "we are now living in the midst of the discoveries and inventions of the last few years of the nineteenth century."
We are accustomed to think of these people as meditative but unpractical, and to speak of the "dreamy Hindu." This little book goes far to give us a more just idea of them. They are shown to have been pioneers in at least sixteen branches of science, including Mathematics (Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Co-ordinated Geometry, and Differential Calculus). They knew scientifically something of Physics, Chemistry, Metallurgy, and the Chemical Arts, probably because of their very practical nature. Some of the arts in which the people of India are known to be proficient are,-bleaching, dyeing, calico printing, tanning, soap-making, glass-making, manufacture of steel. The secret of manufacturing the so-called Damascus blades was learned by the Saracens from the Persians who had obtained it from the Hindus. They also made gunpowder and fireworks and preparations of cements. So early as the sixth century the mercurial operations alone were nineteen in number. Pliny, in the first century, "noted the industrial position of the Hindus as paramount in the world." The preparation of fast dyes and the tempering of steel were two original and important discoveries made by them.
Even in medicine and surgery they had some proficiency and for the times a surprising amount of accurate scientific knowledge. To our surprise we read that "dissection of the human body and venesection were normal facts in medical India," and "the doctors of the Sushruta School declared that dissection was necessary for a correct knowledge of the internal structure of the body.
-The Nature-Study Review, Vol. 15


The Victorian Achievement Of Sir Henry Maine

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In The Victorian Achievement of Sir Henry Maine some of the world's leading scholars, in a wide range of disciplines, come together to consider the extraordinary achievement of Sir Henry Maine, sometime Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge (1877-1888) and one of the most powerful and original minds of the Victorian age. The disciplinary range and scholarly stature of the contributors is itself testimony to the fascination of Maine's work which, after a period of relative neglect, is now recognized as a unique and fecund contribution to the development of social scientific study. The book is divided into four sections, dealing with the principal strands of Maine's life and writing, viz. his views on social and political progress, his anthropological and social scientific works, his legal and jurisprudential thought and finally his writings on Indian affairs, the product (in part) of his experiences as the legal member of Council of the Governor-General from 1862 to 1869.



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