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Unlock the Genius Within

Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching, and Transformative Learning

Janik, MD, PhD, Daniel S.

Here, Daniel S. Janik, MD, PhD, argues replacing education and teaching with non-traumatic, curiosity-based, discovery-driven, and mentor-assisted transformational learning. Unlock the Genius Within is an easy read that explains—in conversational manner—the newest ideas on neurobiological and transformational learning beginning with what's wrong with education and ending with a call for reader participation in developing and applying neurobiological learning and transformational learning theory and methodology. 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.

·Descriptions of classical and contemporary research alongside allusions to popular movies and television programs
·Suggested further readings
·Neurobiological learning web resources

Throughout this book, the author incorporates humor, wisdom, and anecdotes to draw readers into traditionally incomprehensible concepts and information that demonstrates transformational learning. It will be of interest to teachers (postsecondary, secondary, and ESL), administrators, counselors, parents, students, and medical researchers.
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Pages: 230Size: 6 x 9
978-1-57886-291-7 • Paperback • September 2005 • $46.00 • (£31.95)
978-1-4616-5530-5 • eBook • September 2005 • $43.00 • (£29.95)
Dr. Daniel S. Janik is a physician and University Studies Coordinator at Intercultural Communications College, a private english second language and college preparation school in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
[A] topic of extreme importance, yet there is no proper coverage of the subject in the open literature. . . . The parts of the book related to neurobiological learning are especially strong. The questions asked in that part are the crucial ones, and they open many new avenues for research. . . . I personally will use this book in my graduate teaching.
V. Milutinovic Ph.D, School of Electrical Engineering University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and coeditor of Neural Networks (1991), a four-volume book introduced by Nobel Laureate L. Cooper

Readable, very informative. . . . The concepts put forth are applicable to today's students and their unique needs. . . . This book is a tool that 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.
Judith M. Ireton, MEd., Anchorage School District, Anchorage Alaska (retired)

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 the medical, biological, linguistic, and educational jargon, highlighting the most compelling and important contemporary contributions to neurobiological learning . . . [and] its derivative, transformational learning.
Sofija 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, [Dan Janik] 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. Simply, this book is thought-provoking, eye-opening, and immensely immersive. I will personally recommend it to all my language colleagues and to our future student teachers.
Dr. Seppo Tella, professor of foreign language education, director of the Research Center for Foreign Language Education, and former director of

Written in a style accessible to the general reader, this volume is a good primer for those wishing to learn how effective learning via practical mentoring can be so much more rewarding to students, than standard 'talk and chalk' teaching practice. ...there is much to be gained from this book with regards shifting one's affective teaching style, methodology and effective pedagogical practice towards mentoring in determining student learning outcome... Sections concerned with the history of learning theories (from the ancient Greeks, through Darwin to behaviorism and the new cognitive revolution), the evolution of the nervous system, and brain imaging techniques are very valuable, and are made easily accessible to the lay reader in simple language....I must recommend [the book's] inclusion on the reading list of any teachers and instructors wishing to explore the power of good mentoring, and its potential for enhancing the intellects of those willing to afford the luxury of such intimacy, time, and energy that is required for such potentially rewarding voyages of discovery.
Metapsychology Online Reviews

This book takes a new look at how humans acquire language and knowledge.... A good book for your...reading.
Billie Day; Global Teachnet

Janik wondered about the extent to which traditional classroom teaching that stresses imposed efficiency and mastery invokes the emotional side effects of trauma. The result is his intriguing book, Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching, and Transformative Learning. In it, he describes the principal and side effects of traumatic learning as they occur in the classroom, the neurobiological mechanisms underlying them, and the resulting collective inhibition of curiosity.

The culmination of over 20 years of work, Dr. Janik discusses the traumatic roots of traditional teaching, how traditional teaching, while effective, results in loss of interest and creativity, and proceeds to describe the neurobiological foundations of a new form of nontraumatic learning—transformative learning—that is equally effective but free of the liabilities of traditional teaching.
Acpm Headlines

Janik describes his neurobiological theory of learning using a minimum of technical jargon. Drawing upon his experience working with patients recovering from trauma, he identifies some basic principles of effective learning and suggests how they may be applied in a wide range of educational settings.
Reference and Research Book News

The author weaves an integrated philosophical and physical net to contain his neurobiological theory of learning. The comments on education and the suppositions on the physicality of learning are intriguing and fascinating.
Educational Technology

• Winner, 2007 Eric Hoffer Award for Books--Notable; 2007 Neurobiological Learning Society Choice;