- 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
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- a radical change in underlying beliefs or theory
C20: coined by T.S. Kuhn (1922–96), US philosopher of science