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.

Being Exposed to two Different Languages is Confusing for Babies and Interferes with Normal Language Development

Being Exposed to two Different Languages is Confusing for Babies and Interferes with Normal Language Development
Being exposed to two different languages is confusing for babies and interferes with normal language development

Jun and Elena were both young mothers who had come to the United States from other countries. Both were fluent in English, but neither had had English as her first language. They were discussing their wishes to give their babies the best possible start in life and wondering whether their concern with having the babies learn Korean (in one case) and Greek (in the other) was in conflict with what the babies needed for good language development. “I always heard that babies would get confused if they heard people speaking more than one language, ...

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