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LINGUIST List 16.2852

Tue Oct 04 2005

Books: Language Acquisition/Neurolinguistics: Janik

Editor for this issue: Megan Zdrojkowski <meganlinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Daniel Janik, Unlock the Genius Within: Janik


Message 1: Unlock the Genius Within: Janik
Date: 03-Oct-2005
From: Daniel Janik <drjanikgmail.com>
Subject: Unlock the Genius Within: Janik


Title: Unlock the Genius Within
Subtitle: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching and Transformative Learning
Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Education
http://www.romaneducation.com


Book URL: http://www.rowmaneducation.com/ISBN/1578862914


Author: Daniel Scott Janik, Intercultural Communications College

Paperback: ISBN: 1578862914 Pages: 208 Price: U.S. $ 33.95 Comment: Fully-indexed


Abstract:

The second in a series on neurobiology and language acquisition, this book
contains Dr. Daniel S. Janik's general theory, tenets and description of
transformative learning. The culmination of over 20 years of work, Janik
discusses teaching's traumatic roots, how traditional teaching, while
effective, results in loss of interest and creativity, and describes a new
'nontraumatic' form of learning - transformative learning - held to be
equally effective but without traditional teaching liabilities.

Janik argues replacing teaching with curiosity-based, discovery-driven,
mentor-assisted transformative learning. An easy read that explains - in
conversational manner - the newest ideas on neurobiology and transformative
learning, the book begins with what's wrong with education and ends with a
call for reader participation. Janik draws extensively from his own
experiences first as a physician working with psychological recovery from
trauma, and then as an educator and linguist in applying
neurobiological-based transformational learning in clinics, classrooms, and
tutoring.

Features:
* descriptions of research alongside allusions to popular movies and
television programs;
* suggested readings;
* internet resources.

Throughout the book, the author incorporates humor, wisdom, and anecdotes
to draw readers into traditionally incomprehensible concepts that
demonstrate various facets of trauma, teaching and transformative learning.
The work will be interesting to educators, teachers, instructors, tutors
and mentors - presecondary to postsecondary, including instructors of
English as a subsequent language - as well as administrators, counselors,
parents, students, and researchers.

Reviews:

"Informative, educative, stimulating, and fun to read. . . . Recent scientific
findings are introduced and explained in a language that I think is fairly
accessible . . . especially fascinating and helpful to someone like myself, a
language teacher who teaches language and at the same time studies it
academically."-Yoichiro Hasebe, Language and Communication Department,
Tokushima Bunri University, Japan

"A welcome addition to current work on...effective learning. After his
academic book, A Neurobiological Theory and Method of Language Acquisition,
[Janik] now presents us with a text stripped of...jargon, highlighting the
most compelling and important contemporary contributions to neurobiological
learning...[and] its derivative, transformational learning." -S. Micic,
PhD, Associate Professor of English at the University of Belgrade School of
Medicine, Yugoslavia.

"To an informed language specialist, this book gives a lot to digest, a lot
to enjoy, a lot to wonder about. Combining his expertise in medicine and
in education, [the author] has pushed language education theory and
practice a quantum leap ahead...To an SLA researcher and an FL
educationalist, this fine and exquisite book tells a different story:
something that has not yet been touched upon in the research
literature...thought-provoking, eye-opening, and immensely immersive, I
will personally recommend it to all my language colleagues and to our
future student teachers." -Dr. S. Tella, Professor of Foreign Language
Education; Director, Research Center for Foreign Language Education; former
Director, Media Education Center, Department of Applied Sciences of
Education, University of Helsinki, Finland.

"[A] topic of extreme importance, yet there is no proper coverage of the
subject in the open literature...I personally will use this book in my
graduate teaching." -V. Milutinovic, PhD, University of Belgrade, coeditor
of Neural Networks (1991).

"The concepts put forth are applicable to today's students and their unique
needs... [and] will take them beyond trying to actually succeeding. As I
read, I was conscious of an overwhelming feeling of 'I wish I had known
that.' I can see this book revolutionizing education as we know it." -J.
Ireton, MEd., Anchorage School District, Anchorage Alaska (retired).



Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
Linguistic Theories
Neurolinguistics
Psycholinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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