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paradigm shift

a dramatic change in the paradigm of a scientific community, or a change from one scientific paradigm to another.
a significant change in the paradigm of any discipline or group:
Putting skilled, tenured teachers in failing schools would cause a paradigm shift in teaching and education.
Origin of paradigm shift
First recorded in 1970-75 Unabridged
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paradigm shift

a radical change in underlying beliefs or theory
Word Origin
C20: coined by T.S. Kuhn (1922–96), US philosopher of science
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Contemporary definitions for paradigm shift

a teacher's assistant, esp. one for special education or special needs; also written para-educator

Word Origin

para- 'by the side of' + educator

Usage Note

sometimes abbreviated para's 21st Century Lexicon
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