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.

Young Teenagers should be Tried and Sentenced as Adults if they Commit Serious Crimes

Young Teenagers should be Tried and Sentenced as Adults if they Commit Serious Crimes
Young teenagers should be tried and sentenced as adults if they commit serious crimes

Seventeen-year-old Ali and his parents were discussing at the dinner table a news story about a 13-year-old who had stomped a younger child to death during a “game.” Ali felt the boy should be tried as an adult, not adjudicated in juvenile court. “Thirteen is plenty old enough to know right from wrong,” he commented. “Besides, if other kids see that he gets off easy after doing this, they'll figure they can do the same thing if they feel like it.” Ali's parents were not so sure. His mother felt that people might make the decision to try ...

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