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paradigm shift

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  1. a dramatic change in the paradigm of a scientific community, or a change from one scientific paradigm to another.
  2. 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.
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Origin of paradigm shift

First recorded in 1970–75
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British Dictionary definitions for paradigm shift

paradigm shift

  1. a radical change in underlying beliefs or theory
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Word Origin

C20: coined by T.S. Kuhn (1922–96), US philosopher of science
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