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.
If Parents are not Strict Enough, Children will Behave Badly and may become Criminals
Fifteen-year-old Daniel's parents were recently divorced and still argued frequently about Daniel's upbringing. Daniel's mother, Christin, insisted that Daniel needed strict rules and heavy punishments if he broke them. If Daniel were even 5 minutes late in coming home from school, she grounded him for a week. Christin did not tolerate any excuses or even discussion of the rules and their consequences, and she secretly feared that she would lose control of Daniel if she did not insist that he toe the line. Daniel's father, Mike, was more relaxed about rules and somewhat pleased to think Daniel had ...