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'We all know why we're here': Learning as a community of practice on Access to HE courses

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'We all know why we're here' : Learning as a community of practice on Access to HE courses. / James, Nalita; Busher, Hugh; Suttill, Bethany.

In: Journal of Further and Higher Education, Vol. 40, No. 6, 2015, p. 765-779.

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James, N, Busher, H & Suttill, B 2015, ''We all know why we're here': Learning as a community of practice on Access to HE courses', Journal of Further and Higher Education, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 765-779. https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2015.1014319

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James, Nalita ; Busher, Hugh ; Suttill, Bethany. / 'We all know why we're here' : Learning as a community of practice on Access to HE courses. In: Journal of Further and Higher Education. 2015 ; Vol. 40, No. 6. pp. 765-779.

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