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.

Feral Children are Individuals who have been Brought up from Infancy by Animals

Feral Children are Individuals who have been Brought up from Infancy by Animals
Feral children are individuals who have been brought up from infancy by animals

Rob was absentmindedly listening to a talk radio show while he was driving, when he heard a caller say something about a “feral child.” His attention caught, Rob heard enough to understand that the caller meant a child who had been living without the help of human beings and who had survived with the help of animals and now imitated animal ways. Later, when he was looking up some information for a school paper, Rob did an Internet search for discussions of feral children and found a lot of comments and descriptions of what such children were like. He mentioned ...

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