Resources to help students hone in on a research topic

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I'm not quite sure if this is the best thread to post this on. If you have a better suggestion, let me know.
I'm am interning with an organization that takes students between the ages of 13-19 to remote parts of the world to study nomadic cultures. Our group will be traveling through Leh, Khardong, Nubra, Hundar and Ladakh. Write now the students are trying to come up with their research topics so they can get started. Right now I'm looking for resources just to help them get an idea of what there options are. Any resource suggestions? Also, for any of you that have traveled to this places, what would you recommend for a research topic?

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For starters try reading Ladakh: The Land and The People by Prem Singh Jina. For a preview click
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On what subjects are they doing their research.?
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From my reading the OP is looking for research topics that would be relevant for studying the nomadic peoples in that region. Are the traditionally peripatetic tribes still nomadic? I wonder. That could be one point of research, another is agrarianism versus shepherding livestock.
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. . . and then there's "writing" . . . C- English usage/knowledge . . . grammar . . . syntax . . . if I didn't know any better . . . I'd say troll . . . (wait a minute, I DO!)
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Yes, but if its a teacher its normal. Of course, their students aren't writing right either. But, by subjects I meant Economics, Sociology, etc. Just to raise an issue of capability. Also, and this inclines me to Dharma after all, this can't be done at all without a research visa. No way the GOI is going to go for this in a sensitive area. The kids' age is another heart stopper. There are some teenies that I would recommend for a remote area, high altitude, and far from medical care. They called these in the US tough love camps. Its just that the grieving parents didn't appreciate the behavior gains that their dead children made..
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Yes that was seriously tragic. Perhaps you are right and in that case the OP had better check whether it is indeed a wise move with so many kids. Certainly NOT advisable.
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We got that book thank you!
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I see you get off on being rude, glad you got yours. You can move on now.
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I wrote this will finalizing my visa application and doing a hundred other things to get this trip in order. I'm glad you guys were able to understand me anyway. This trip is in fact happening.
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post Yes, but if its a teacher its normal. Of course, their students aren't writing right either. But, by subjects I meant Economics, Sociology, etc. Just to raise an issue of capability. Also, and this inclines me to Dharma after all, this can't be done at all without a research visa. No way the GOI is going to go for this in a sensitive area. The kids' age is another heart stopper. There are some teenies that I would recommend for a remote area, high altitude, and far from medical care. They called these in the US tough love camps. Its just that the grieving parents didn't appreciate the behavior gains that their dead children made..
This organization has done dozens of expeditions all over the world (including India) without issue.
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post Yes, but if its a teacher its normal. Of course, their students aren't writing right either.

As a former English teacher, I'm about what I think you are saying here...

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Former is from the old days when there were standards. Now its Kaliyug. One put it to me, there are too many at this level now I can't hold them back..

Still I would love to know the name of such a program that contemplates operating at such an altitude that some students may require Diamox. I'm from Missouri, I need a site or a name..

I would love to see some facts. I like the idea and would love to be disabused of my doubts..
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Erm, I am not so sure Ladakhi culture qualifies as "nomadic". It's more Indo-Tibetan in character.

If nomads are the area of study then maybe somewhere in Mongolia is a better bet?
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Originally Posted by BholeBaba View Post Erm, I am not so sure Ladakhi culture qualifies as "nomadic".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changpa - they live in Zanskar and Changthang region.(there was a nice program on national geographic a few months ago).

I don't think that Lucy / program facilitators are wrong in approaching this as a subject for research since this is indeed what it qualifies for given the dearth of available documentation. A research paper from deptt of anthropolgy, Univ Delhi seen here, gives more details. Prem singh Jina's book is an excellent reference (as aarosh has pointed out)

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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post some students may require Diamox.
That is a real risk indeed. The program designers will have to be careful with the itinerary since the Nomads are pastoralists and their livelihood is rearing pashmina goats. The average altitude of changthang is 4000 meters. In the hot season, the goats go higher and to gather them around, do the nomads as well.

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