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Assumptions: Critical Thinking
©2009

It’s natural to make assumptions. In some ways they save time and help people make effective decisions. But assumptions can sometimes be very wrong. This program offers exercises that illustrate the use of assumptions and that help students hone their critical thinking skills. Viewers are asked to find the assumptions in a film and discussion about the rise in binge drinking among young women, after which author Roy van den Brink-Budgen (Critical Thinking for Students) gives his analysis and provides follow-up support material. A viewable/printable worksheet is available online. Part of the series Critical Thinking. (26 minutes)

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Assumptions: Key Ideas
Roy van den Brink-Budgen states that assumption is an unstated reason in an argument. Dr. Taylor looks at the argument that states schools are failing top students and do not encourage them to attend Oxbridge. He highlights the assumptions in the argument.