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.
Preschoolers who Hold their Breath when Angry are Trying to Upset their Parents and get their Own Way
Four-year-old Marcus did it again. He was startled when his grandmother suddenly grabbed away a sharp knife he had picked up. (She was afraid he would cut himself.) Marcus took one breath and then stood there, not breathing. His lips turned blue, and after a moment he fell to the ground, apparently unconscious. Very quickly he began to breathe again and came to, sniffling a bit, surrounded by some frightened adults. Marcus's mother, Ayesha, rushed to call the doctor and report that Marcus had had another spell of breath-holding. She ...