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The quality of learning, teaching, and curriculum. / McLean, Monica; Ashwin, Paul William Hamilton.

New languages and landscapes of higher education. ed. / Peter Scott; Jim Gallacher; Gareth Parry. Oxford University Press, 2016. p. 84-102.

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McLean, M & Ashwin, PWH 2016, The quality of learning, teaching, and curriculum. in P Scott, J Gallacher & G Parry (eds), New languages and landscapes of higher education. Oxford University Press, pp. 84-102.

APA

McLean, M., & Ashwin, P. W. H. (2016). The quality of learning, teaching, and curriculum. In P. Scott, J. Gallacher, & G. Parry (Eds.), New languages and landscapes of higher education (pp. 84-102). Oxford University Press.

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McLean M, Ashwin PWH. The quality of learning, teaching, and curriculum. In Scott P, Gallacher J, Parry G, editors, New languages and landscapes of higher education. Oxford University Press. 2016. p. 84-102

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McLean, Monica ; Ashwin, Paul William Hamilton. / The quality of learning, teaching, and curriculum. New languages and landscapes of higher education. editor / Peter Scott ; Jim Gallacher ; Gareth Parry. Oxford University Press, 2016. pp. 84-102

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