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.
Children Need to Develop Basic Trust and show it by their Confidence in other People
Four-year-old Christopher was having a conflict with Sammy from next door. The two boys had been collecting different-colored leaves as they fell into their yards that October. They each had a bucketful, but Sammy didn't have many of the red ones, and he wanted to trade some of his yellow ones for some of Christopher's reds. Christopher was reluctant and finally stopped playing and went inside to sulk. His mother, Lisa, asked him what was wrong, and he said, “Sammy just wants to take my leaves.” Later, Lisa told her husband, “I'm worried about Christopher. Why ...