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.

Children and Adolescents Learn Bad Behavior from their Peers
Children and adolescents learn bad behavior from their peers

Sixteen-year-old Wanda used the “F word” in front of her grandmother and grandfather and didn't apologize or even look embarrassed. When her mother, Lisa, reprimanded her, Wanda just rolled her eyes and muttered, “Get a life!” Later, Lisa tried to smooth over the incident that had offended her parents. “She's really a good girl,” Lisa explained. “She never used to talk like that, but when we moved here she started running with some bad kids, almost delinquents, I guess you'd call them. They apply a lot of peer pressure and get Wanda to misbehave. She stays out too late, and I think she's even skipped school some days. ...

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