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Preschool teachers’ approaches to gender differences within a child-centered pedagogy: findings from an Indonesian kindergarten

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Preschool teachers’ approaches to gender differences within a child-centered pedagogy : findings from an Indonesian kindergarten. / Adriany, Vina; Warin, Jo.

In: International Journal of Early Years Education, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2014, p. 315-328.

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Adriany, Vina ; Warin, Jo. / Preschool teachers’ approaches to gender differences within a child-centered pedagogy : findings from an Indonesian kindergarten. In: International Journal of Early Years Education. 2014 ; Vol. 22, No. 3. pp. 315-328.

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