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Competencies for paradigm shift 'survival'.

Daniels, Mats; Cajander, �sa; Eckerdal, Anna; Lind, Mats; Nyl�n, Aletta; Clear, Tony; McDermott, Roger


Mats Daniels

�sa Cajander

Anna Eckerdal

Mats Lind

Aletta Nyl�n

Tony Clear


The rapid development in the IT area brings a series of shifts, in underlying theories, technology and work practices. In the normal course of events, most changes are evolutionary, with small, incremental improvements being made to theoretical understanding or practical application. Occasionally, however, changes occur of such magnitude that they do not just alter current operational practice but require a thorough reappraisal of the underlying assumptions on which that practice is based. In short, they require a review of the dominant way of thinking, or paradigm. Ability to adapt to evolving circumstances is critical, not only for industrial and commercial organisations, but also for individual employees, to survive and remain successful during paradigm shifts. How can we prepare our students so they can survive in a working life characterized by frequent paradigm shifts? It is important that CS and IT education prepares students for coping with shifts induced by technological development in their future careers, that students develop the competencies needed. To understand what competencies are needed, it is important to investigate characteristics among employees that have flourished in earlier paradigm shifts and not least to build knowledge on how to develop learning environments where such competencies and personal characteristics can be achieved This paper is about setting the stage for an action research project aimed at enhancing education with regard to being able to survive paradigm shifts in the IT industry.


DANIELS, M., CAJANDER, A., ECKERDAL, A., LIND, M., NYLEN, A., CLEAR, T. and MCDERMOTT, R. 2015. Competencies for paradigm shift 'survival'. In Proceedings of the 2015 Frontiers in education conference (FIE 2015): launching a new vision in engineering education, 21-24 October 2015, El Paso, USA. New York: IEEE [online], article number 7344255. Available from:

Conference Name 2015 Frontiers in education conference (FIE 2015)
Conference Location El Paso, USA
Start Date Oct 21, 2015
End Date Oct 24, 2015
Acceptance Date Mar 16, 2015
Online Publication Date Oct 21, 2015
Publication Date Dec 7, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 14, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 14, 2017
Print ISSN 0190-5848
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Article Number 7344255
Series ISSN 0190-5848
ISBN 9781479984534
Keywords Adaptability; Paradigm shift; Action research; Competencies; Learning environments
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