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.

If a Child is Able to Complete a Task with an Adult Present, he or she is also Able to do it Alone

If a Child is Able to Complete a Task with an Adult Present, he or she is also Able to do it Alone
If a child is able to complete a task with an adult present, he or she is also able to do it alone

Jack and his wife, Marian, were arguing about their 4-year-old, Tommy. Jack felt strongly that Tommy should be more independent, but Marian was inclined to help Tommy or even do things for him. She felt that Tommy liked being helped, and what's more, it was so much quicker to do things like button buttons than to wait for Tommy to get through the job. But Jack was very insistent that Tommy could and should put his shoes on alone before ...

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