ENC1102 – English Composition II
23 November 2013
Assignment A: Evaluating Sources
Keating, Daniel P., and Bonnie L. Halpem-Felsher “Adolescent Drivers: A Developmental Perspective on Risk, Proficiency, and Safety.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 35.3 (2008): 272-7. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.
This article is focused primarily on research directed toward adolescent development as it relates to driving skills. The authors explore in the research the different physical and mental competencies that are required for safe driving. This research compares the requirements needed for each of these competencies to the expected capacity of a typical adolescent and discusses in great detail how they fall short.
This article addresses the subject of this assignment straight forward. In the introduction the author specifically notes the need for intervention and policy changes regarding the minimum driving age. The article not only provides valuable background research on the development of adolescent’s, based on the research findings it specifically addresses the thesis of this assignment on changing the legal driving age. The article was published in the journal September of 2008, therefore it would be considered up-to-date being just over five years old. The source was found online through the St. Petersburg College’s library search. Both authors are experts in their fields. Dr. Keating is associated with the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan. Dr. Halpen-Felsher is associated with the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics at the University of California. The source is biased toward what their research proves; the cognitive skills of humans required for safe driving develop later into adolescence than the current legal driving age. The source is well written and presents the research fairly and reasonable. It is however written toward the understanding of someone with significant knowledge of...