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.

Having Kids Listen to Mozart makes them Smart
Having kids listen to Mozart makes them smart

Pam and Larry really wanted to do their best by their 2-month-old daughter, Molly. They monitored Pam's diet throughout her pregnancy and read and talked to their unborn child every day. Both parents were highly educated and had jobs that stressed mental abilities, so they wanted to be sure that Molly would grow up to be bright and academically successful. Posters and flash cards of French words surrounded Molly's crib. Only one thing seemed to be missing—the so-called Mozart effect. Pam and Larry had read in a parenting magazine that hearing the music of Mozart helps to “program” a baby's brain to work effectively. They bought some special recordings of ...

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