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Adopting a Mustang through an Anthropological Lens: Exploring Cultural Concepts across Species

Karen Dalke, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

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We sometimes look to our closest primate relatives when exploring culture, while excluding other species. Rather than expect animals to conform to the definition of culture constructed by humans, what if we use other anthropological concepts to explain another species? Horses are very social animals with hierarchies and gendered behaviors. The mustang bridges the divide between domestication and the wild. With holding facilities needing to adopt more horses, perceptions that these horses cannot adapt to domestic settings must be overcome. Because these horses can live without human care, the traditional training approaches are often met with resistance by mustangs and they are deemed resistant or unadoptable by humans. As an anthropologist, I began to wonder if a mustang could adapt more easily to a domestic setting if one approached the situation from a culturally relative position. This stance requires an understanding of mustang behaviors, organization, and body language within their special context. This paper will explore the transition from a free-ranging mustang in Colorado to his introduction to a domestic herd. The “acculturation” process of my adopted mustang will assist in building ontology of features, which may apply to species beyond horses.

Mobile Communication Devices as a Tool of Educational Process: a Brief Reference to Indian Scenario

Abhijit Mitra, Bhairab Ganguly College, Belgharia, Kolkata  

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Mobile technology has opened various avenues for education. M-learning is a new way of learning, in which mobile devices including handheld tablets, PDA, mobile phones, symbian and smart phones are used for teaching-learning purposes. It makes learning portable, spontaneous, effective and exciting. We can record the lectures, read E-books, provide feedback, access internet, multimedia materials, and practical exercises and use software for educational purpose. This paper discusses the concept of M-learning and examines its significance in education. The paper explores the challenges of M-learning and examines the present trends of M-learning in India.

Online Research Methodology: Using the Internet and the Web for Research and Publication

Tarun Tapas Mukherjee, Bhatter College, Dantan, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India

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The advent and introduction of digital technology has created a challenging situation for all and slowly but steadily we are experiencing its immense impact on education. In the wake of this digital revolution, we witness the rise of a converged platform in the form of World Wide Web, which has become favorite destination for information seekers. With the platform theoretically available anywhere anytime, the task of a researcher has become on the one hand easier and on the other very complicated. This paper is an attempt at understanding the context and tries to formulate certain methodology for making effective use of a new medium for scholarly research and publication.