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.

Babies Work Hard to be Born
Babies work hard to be born

Marcus heard two people in his office talking about a New Age treatment called rebirthing, and he asked them to explain the concept. “You wrap a person up in a blanket, and then they wiggle and kick to get out of it, just like they did when they were born. It's like starting all over again as a new person.” Marcus wasn't sure whether wiggling out of a blanket would make anyone start anew, but he thought a baby might have to fight to be born, so he could see that this method was like being born all over again. But as he thought it over, he wondered how a baby could wiggle to ...

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