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.

Parents Really don't Influence their Children's Long-Term Development Very Much

Parents Really don't Influence their Children's Long-Term Development Very Much
Parents really don't influence their children's long-term development very much

Anna and Emily are two middle-aged professors whose adult lives have been remarkably similar. They both had unsuccessful early marriages, spent some years as single parents, and are now happily remarried. Both have had some professional success, although they are far from famous in their fields, and they are respected as leaders in the college where they teach. When they were having lunch one day and comparing notes on their lives, Anna remarked, “I feel so lucky that my parents were always supportive and I had a very secure childhood. That gave me a lot of confidence, so even though I went through a lot of ...

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