posted by Mia on .
Hi. One of my science vocab words is paradigm. The definition is a model that provides a framework for interpreting observations. Okay, so I have that definition memorized, but the book doesn't provide any specific examples of paradigms, so I don't REALLY know what it means. Could someone please help? Thanks.
Paradigm is a difficult word to understand. Here are a couple of sentences that use "paradigm."
Google is a paradigm of a search engine company.
Ms. Orange, a paradigm of a great teacher, inspired her students to excell in math.
Is it the same thing as a paragon?
Can you use paradigm in the science-related context?
Paragon and pardigm have similar meanings and in some contexts may be used interchangeably.
Dictionary.com uses this sentence in a scientific contest as an example.
"Since the 1960s, paradigm has been used in science to refer to a theoretical framework, as when Nobel Laureate David Baltimore cited the work of two colleagues that 'really established a new paradigm for our understanding of the causation of cancer.'"
Gah!! But I need some sort of substantial example. All of the definitions you are giving me seem too abstract.
That's because paradigm is an abstract word. All of the examples will be abstract.
Well, what is a synonym for paradigm?