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.
People who were Adopted will always be Unhappy because they have Suffered a Primal Wound
Miriam and Derek had been trying to get pregnant for 2 years. When their friends talked about “having fun trying,” they were wrong. The two were very discouraged, and Miriam brought up the possibility of adoption. Derek told her, “I guess that would be okay with me, but my Mom is going to raise the roof if we do that.” “How mad can she get?” said Miriam. “I'm going to bring it up with her when we go over for supper. Let's just find out what we're dealing with.” Derek's mother, Emma, wasn't exactly mad when ...