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.

Birth order is an Important Factor that Determines Children's Intelligence and Personality

Birth order is an Important Factor that Determines Children's Intelligence and Personality
Birth order is an important factor that determines children's intelligence and personality

Justin was doing moderately well in fifth grade, but he was certainly not the academic leader of his class. He was much more interested in art and music than in math and science, and the subjects that interested him did not contribute to his grade average. Justin's parents were convinced that he could do much better, especially because his second-grade sister was reading far above her grade level. Justin's mother told her friend, “I know he could do much better if he just decided to. I don't know what makes him so stubborn. But I read that firstborn kids have higher intelligence ...

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