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How to develop expertise: first workout what you think expertise is

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Keywords: expertise, developing expertise, learning, learning and development

The idea of having expertise in an area is an important one in organisations and yet we rarely give much thought to what this might mean. For example, does having expertise imply rational thought, are we talking about levels of intuition, or is more implicated in the idea of expertise and if so what more? In short, what do we mean when we refer to someone as being an expert or having expertise?

A new paper sheds some light on this issue by considering the idea of expertise and the character of an expert from three philosophical viewpoints. These questions matter particularly in terms of the development of expertise and what our expectations are of ‘the experts’. Additionally, in this era of ‘fake news’, it is important to know who to trust. Plato himself once commented that even a wise person finds it difficult to distinguish a fake physician from a real one.

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