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The contested curriculum : academic learning and employability in higher education. / Speight, Sarah; Lackovic, Natasa; Cooker, Lucy .

In: Tertiary Education and Management, Vol. 19, No. 2, 15.01.2013, p. 112-126.

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Speight, S, Lackovic, N & Cooker, L 2013, 'The contested curriculum: academic learning and employability in higher education', Tertiary Education and Management, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 112-126. https://doi.org/10.1080/13583883.2012.756058

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Speight, Sarah ; Lackovic, Natasa ; Cooker, Lucy . / The contested curriculum : academic learning and employability in higher education. In: Tertiary Education and Management. 2013 ; Vol. 19, No. 2. pp. 112-126.

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