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Critical Thinking Application on DUI Research

Week 6 involved the identification of several causes and effects of your identified problem/issue. This Application Assignment requires that you integrate the top four causes and effects into a critical analysis narrative. A critical analysis narrative includes a thorough discussion of each cause (fully describe the source) and its effects (fully describe who is impacted and how). Following the description of all four causes and effects, a critical analysis narrative ends with a final paragraph that briefly summarizes the four causes and your reaction to the relationship between these causes and the development of the problem/issue.

To prepare:

Review Chapter 10 in the course text, Asking the Right Questions.
Review the list of identified causes and effects that you generated in Week 6.

Analyze causes and effects of a problem/issue.
Apply research to critical analysis of problem/issue.
Integrate causes/effects into a critical analysis narrative.

Identify the four causes and effects you have selected to incorporate into an integrated critical analysis narrative.
Write an integrated critical analysis narrative that incorporates the four causes and effects you identified.
Explain your reaction to the results of your critical analysis. Could these causes have been prevented? Which one do you think was most important in leading to the problem?

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Critical Thinking in a Capstone Project

My Capstone Project focuses on a particular impact of substance abuse, particularly the abuse of the consumption of alcohol among adolescents - Teen DUI. This is a very important issue today especially since car crashes are the biggest cause of adolescent deaths in the US. Writing a Capstone Project means the application of ideas and learned concepts so far in one's academic experience. One of these many essential skills is critical thinking and analysis, use of which allows one to determine veracity and validity of claims, check for bias and hidden assumptions, weigh up arguments and determine evidence to support claims. Cottrell (n.d.) explains, "Critical analytical thinking is a key part of university study." It helps students to (Cottrell, n.d.), "Evaluate how far materials are appropriate, and up-to-date. Evaluate how far the evidence or examples used in materials really proves the point that the author claims. To weigh up opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. To think a line of reasoning through to its logical conclusion. Check for hidden bias or hidden assumptions. Check whether the evidence and argument really support the conclusions."

My topic - underage drinking DUI among adolescents lists a number of causes. First off, there is the issue of underage drinking. The British Institute of Alcohol Studies (2013) undertook qualitative research to survey this particular age group in England and their results showed the following reasons - "to be more sociable with friends (84%), it gives them a rush or a buzz (78%), it makes them feel more confident (71%)." These reasons can be translated thus, as driving causes to the following - peer pressure, excitement & motivation driven by media and culture, and familiarity with the impact of alcohol so teens seek to use it to alter behavior and mood, including boosting self-confidence and as a means to run away from problems. These reasons are then exacerbated by the access of teens to alcohol, their access to a car and their licensed (or unlicensed) ability to drive a car coupled with the impairment that alcohol brings to the system (it slows down the central nervous system) which in turn impacts sensible decision making leading to lower inhibitions and ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advice in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of using critical thinking on a research topic for a Capstone project (teen DUI). Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. Disclaimer: This solution is connected to a number of other solutions all related to the research topic for one student's Capstone Project.