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.
Adolescents' Brains go through some Rapid Changes; as a Result, Teenagers Develop New Ways of thinking about Themselves and about the World
Fifteen-year-old Sarah was annoying a lot of adults with her constant criticism and sarcasm. No mistake made by her teachers went unnoticed or escaped remark. Her parents also received daily doses of withering scorn. A crisis was reached when Sarah commented unpleasantly on the makeup and hairstyle of one of her grandmother's closest friends, a recent widow who was just beginning to socialize a bit. Sarah's grandmother was deeply offended and even hurt by the idea that Sarah might think the same ...