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How often are theories developed through empirical research into higher education?

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How often are theories developed through empirical research into higher education? / Ashwin, Paul.

In: Studies in Higher Education, Vol. 37, No. 8, 12.2012, p. 941-955.

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Ashwin, Paul. / How often are theories developed through empirical research into higher education?. In: Studies in Higher Education. 2012 ; Vol. 37, No. 8. pp. 941-955.

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