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.

A Young Child can Tell when Someone is Just Teasing
A young child can tell when someone is just teasing

Four-year-old Michael's grandmother had a game she really enjoyed playing with him when he was in a bad mood. If Michael sulked or acted angry, she would say, “Oh! I hear something at the window! It might be the bear that eats bad boys.” She would go to the window and peek out cautiously, telling Michael, “I'm not sure, but I think I see him out there. There's something furry just around the corner.” The grandmother thought this was a funny way to put Michael back in a good humor, and she would elaborate on her story at length. But to her surprise and annoyance, Michael ...

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