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Good practice; better practice: a review of practice-based professional learning in four Central Academic Units in the Open University

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Good practice; better practice : a review of practice-based professional learning in four Central Academic Units in the Open University. / Yorke, Mantz.

Milton Keynes : Open University, 2006. 24 p.

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