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.
A Baby's Sleeping Position can Cause or Prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Angie's mother always told her that it was a good idea for her to keep her baby in bed with her at night. That way, she said, Angie could nurse the baby frequently and everybody could get some sleep. But when Angie took the baby to the pediatrician for her first checkup, she saw a lot of posters and pamphlets that said parents should not take a baby into their bed. To Angie's surprise, the resources also said not to put a baby to sleep facedown in a crib. The pamphlets warned that sleeping with parents or in a prone (facedown) sleeping ...