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Futures literacy through narrative. / Liveley, G.; Slocombe, W.; Spiers, E.

In: Futures, Vol. 125, 102663, 01.01.2021.

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Liveley, G, Slocombe, W & Spiers, E 2021, 'Futures literacy through narrative', Futures, vol. 125, 102663. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2020.102663

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Liveley G, Slocombe W, Spiers E. Futures literacy through narrative. Futures. 2021 Jan 1;125:102663. Epub 2020 Dec 7. doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2020.102663

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Liveley, G. ; Slocombe, W. ; Spiers, E. / Futures literacy through narrative. In: Futures. 2021 ; Vol. 125.

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