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.

Vaccines and Heavy Metals Cause Autism
Vaccines and heavy metals cause autism

Laurie and Joe had always thought autism was one of the worst things they could imagine happening to their children. They had seen several movies that featured autistic people, and they found the images distressing. Even before their twins were born, Laurie and Joe became more concerned that something might happen to cause them to be autistic. Looking up autism on the Internet, they came across the idea that autism was caused by the administration of vaccines that contained mercury preservatives. Little Paula and Peter received their first immunizations on the normal schedule, but as they grew toward their first birthdays Laurie became terribly worried. She read accounts of babies who were perfectly normal, ...

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