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.
Spanking should Never be used to Discipline a Child, because it is Ineffective and Causes Children to Model the Aggression they Experience
Two second-grade teachers, Sheri and Keisha, were discussing a child who was a discipline problem on the playground. Sheri was very annoyed at having to deal with the boy's rambunctiousness. “That Kegan!,” she sighed. “There he went again this morning, pushing the girls who were trying to jump rope. One fell down and I had to take her to the office for first aid. Then all Kegan got was a time-out. If I could just smack his rear! Or if his mother ...