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.
Single-Sex Schools Give better Outcomes of Academic Achievement than do Coeducational Schools
Annie was complaining to her mother about her high school chemistry class. “It's just awful,” she said. “The teacher never calls on girls, because the boys just shout out all the time. I used to think I wanted to be a scientist, but I give up—it's just so boring when you never get called on, and I just stop paying attention after awhile. That's why my grades haven't been so good.” When Annie's mother passed these remarks on to their next-door neighbor, the neighbor burst out laughing. “Ha! You should hear what my Sean says about that class! He says the girls ...