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Conceptualising transformative undergraduate experiences: a phenomenographic exploration of students’ personal projects

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Conceptualising transformative undergraduate experiences : a phenomenographic exploration of students’ personal projects. / Ashwin, Paul William Hamilton; Abbas, Andrea; McLean, Monica.

In: British Educational Research Journal, Vol. 42, No. 6, 12.2016, p. 962-977.

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Ashwin, Paul William Hamilton ; Abbas, Andrea ; McLean, Monica. / Conceptualising transformative undergraduate experiences : a phenomenographic exploration of students’ personal projects. In: British Educational Research Journal. 2016 ; Vol. 42, No. 6. pp. 962-977.

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