Making sense of learning gain in higher education

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Making sense of learning gain in higher education. / Evans, C.; Kandiko Howson, C.; Forsythe, A.

In: Higher Education Pedagogies, Vol. 3, No. 1, 03.09.2018, p. 1-45.

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Evans, C. ; Kandiko Howson, C. ; Forsythe, A. / Making sense of learning gain in higher education. In: Higher Education Pedagogies. 2018 ; Vol. 3, No. 1. pp. 1-45.

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