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.

High Self-Esteem makes Children Perform Better in School
High self-esteem makes children perform better in school

Fourteen-year-old Eric was not doing very well in his ninth-grade algebra class. Eric's mother met with his teacher to discuss how to encourage him to do better work. “He seems so depressed and withdrawn sometimes,” his mother told the teacher. “I don't think he has much self-esteem, and that's probably the problem with his schoolwork.” Eric's teacher agreed, and they planned a program to help increase Eric's self-esteem. The teacher had “try again” stickers to place on work that Eric failed and “congratulations” stickers on work that showed effort. Eric's mother said that she would take Eric somewhere he would like to go every weekend and tell him what a ...

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