It is a great pleasure, as an accounting professor in a business school, to be speaking to colleagues in agricultural education. The point of departure for this paper is that we are all attempting to educate students who will become professionals and managers, and who will want to be good at their jobs, and therefore we may all find it interesting to consider the nature of expertise in professional settings. The ideas below are taken from research in many fields, especially cognitive psychology but also business, medicine and other applied fields. They should be as significant in the agricultural profession as they are in my field, accounting, and in many other applied fields.



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