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When it comes to professional development (in the Education sector), the reality is that we take short cuts. We take the wide, gently sloping downhill road precisely because it’s easy and we don’t have to fuss with it.

This same short cut, however, helps us to avoid having to engage in entirely new learning. In other words, it’s a cognitive bias. As humans, we are prone to biases that make things easier for us.

Show up to a conference, bounce from one sixty-minute session to another (perhaps related yet perhaps not), have a beverage in between, stroll into the city if the weather is nice, and return to work on the Monday, where perhaps we will implement something we “learnt” at the conference.

Was that really learning, or was it a transfer of boxed knowledge from person A to person B, and we’re hoping it works in our context because we're trying to find easy-to-implement ideas that largely do not require us to learn something, affecting a permanent change in our knowledge and/or behaviour?

(Steven Katz and Lisa Ain Dack, Intentional Interruption: Breaking Down Learning Barriers to Transform Professional Practice.2013)

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