Decision making is both helped and hindered by assumptions. In some cases they can help us to arrive at a conclusion more quickly, while at other times they bypass key information and prevent a complete understanding of a subject. In both cases it is important to know the roles that assumptions play in our thought process and how to identify their effect on critical thinking. This film helps the viewer to achieve that goal by presenting examples of topics where assumptions are made and requiring analysis of their influence.
In this video, which is a part of the wider Critical Thinking series, author Roy van den Brink-Budgen explains the cases that students should reflect upon and reviews the results of their analysis. The main example discusses the rise in binge drinking among young women and asks viewers to consider the underlying assumptions of the debate, providing follow-up materials and online worksheets to aid learning. By running through a complete case study with expert analysis, students will better understand the basis of decision making in any scenario and refine the critical thinking skills they apply in their own daily lives.