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.
Children who play with Matches will Grow up to be Seriously Disturbed and Violent and will Probably be Serial Killers, Especially if they are also Cruel to Animals and Wet their Beds
Seven-year-old Joshua was in trouble with his mother, Emily. She had told him a dozen times to stay away from her kitchen matches. She had just found him in the backyard trying to set fire to some newspapers. Fortunately, he wasn't very good at striking the matches, so the flames kept going out. Emily mentioned this to her aunt, who was horrified. ...