Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
J. M. Blackbourn
Thomas Kuhn (1922–1996) had a direct impact on the philosophy and practice of education and educational leadership due to his study of paradigms, their role in understanding phenomena, and their relationship to change and the change process. His work helped educators understand the how and why of differing professional perspectives and the revolutionary nature of scientific, organizational, and philosophical progress. Kuhn was professor of philosophy and the history of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1922. He earned his PhD from Harvard in 1949. He taught at Harvard but was denied tenure in 1955 because he was not an expert in anything. Afterward, he taught at the University ...