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February 4th, 2010 by Graham Attwell

We would like to welcome Ilona Buchem to Pontydysgu blogs. Ilona’s Polish language blog is called ‘Paradygmat’. Paradygmat, she explains, “means paradigm and I hope that the Latin origin makes this word sound familiar to a broader audience.

Based on the approach of Thomas Kuhn, the term paradigm can be seen as a set of practices, such as methods of observation and interpretation, that define a scientific discipline during a particular period of time. A paradigm shift may occur when shortcomings of the basic assumptions in the prevailing paradigm build up and can no longer be ignored. The existing paradigm is enlarged and frontiers of knowledge and methods are pushed forward. In this sense paradigm shift refers to a major change in certain thought-patterns. So the idea is write and discuss about changes and trends in educational sciences and education research with the focus on ICT-based learning and Social Media.

I would like to focus on how educational sciences are shifting towards so-called “post-normal science” with more openness, interdisciplinarity, exchange, debating, incorporating multiple viewpoints, stronger interactions with practice etc.”

We hope you will enjoy reading and engaging with Ilona’s ideas. Whilst many of you may not read Polish, we have provided a link to Google translate on the blog page.

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