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.
Karate Lessons Help Schoolchildren Achieve Self-Discipline and Improve their Schoolwork
Eleven-year-old Lee was having a lot of trouble with arithmetic. His parents yelled at him, grounded him, and offered him rewards, such as a trip to Disneyland, if he improved his math grade, but all to no avail. Lee couldn't explain the problem—he just said “It's hard!” When he was supposed to be doing his homework, he sat and daydreamed most of the time or gave most of his attention to what he could hear of the TV program the rest of the family was watching. One afternoon, Lee's mother noticed an advertisement on the bulletin board at the supermarket. A new karate school was opening ...