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.

Sugar is a Major Cause of Hyperactive Behavior
Sugar is a major cause of hyperactive behavior

It was Sally's first year as a second-grade teacher, so of course she kept her ears open to hear the opinions of more experienced teaching staff. In the teachers' lounge, several people expressed their dread of the first of November. “Oh, boy, is that going to be the day from hell!” exclaimed one experienced teacher. “It's like this every year—fighting, crying, nobody can stay in their seats. The whole day is ruined. They go out for Halloween and then it's just sugar, sugar, sugar until they finally go to bed. The parents always say they'll limit the candy, but they don't—and I don't blame them because my kids are exactly ...

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