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Commentary on “Exploring new ways of thinking about and developing staff practice: the role of modes of thinking”

Lex Wijnroks (Department of Education and Pedagogy, Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 1 June 2021

Issue publication date: 6 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on “Exploring new ways of thinking about and developing staff practice: the role of modes of thinking” written by Roy Deveau, John Ockenden and Petra Bjorne.

Design/methodology/approach

The commentary considers the consistency of Kahneman’s model of thinking fast and slow with brain research.

Findings

The thinking styles of staff undoubtedly influence their responses to people with learning disabilities. Although Kahneman’s model provides a heuristic approach to tackling prejudicial and biased thinking, it risks incomplete solutions through bypassing some of the factors contributing to staff behaviour.

Originality/value

This commentary concludes that Kahneman’s model is not completely consistent with knowledge about how the brain is organized. This should be regarded as a limitation of any model seeking to explain decision-making.

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Citation

Wijnroks, L. (2021), "Commentary on “Exploring new ways of thinking about and developing staff practice: the role of modes of thinking”", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 100-104. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-03-2021-0007

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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