In Child Development: Myths and Misunderstanding Second Editions, Jean Mercer uses intriguing vignettes and questions about children and families to guide readers in thinking critically about 59 common beliefs. Each essay confronts commonly held misconceptions about development, encouraging students to think like social scientists and to become better consumers of media messages and anecdotal stories. The book can be assigned to parallel either chronologically or topically organized child development texts. Features and Benefits: Presents 59 short essays about child development that challenge readers to reconsider their pre-conceived notions 14 new essays in the second edition confront topics like language acquisition, adoption, discipline, and nature versus nurture. Includes carefully developed critical thinking questions at the end of each essayOffers examples of research to help students make the connection between research designs and conclusions Intrigues and engages students with the theme of dispelling myths and misconceptions and challenges them to find out if their own beliefs are correct or incorrect.

We can Learn about Human Development from Studying Baby Animals, Especially Primates

We can Learn about Human Development from Studying Baby Animals, Especially Primates
We can learn about human development from studying baby animals, especially primates

Kegan and his cousin Annie were discussing Annie's soon-to-be-born baby and the care it would need. Annie was feeling anxious about doing a good job. “I didn't even have any little brothers or sisters!,” she wailed. “How can I be sure I'm doing the right thing?” Kegan tried to reassure her by reminding her how they had spent summers on their grandparents' farm when they were children. “Listen, you know all about it,” he said. “Remember how we fed the baby calves with bottles? And remember all the kittens in the barn? How different can babies be? Mammal babies all need to ...

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