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When Basic Mathematics Skills Predict Nothing: Implications for Education and Training. / Ridgway, Jim; Passey, Don.

In: Educational Psychology, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1995, p. 35-44.

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Ridgway, Jim ; Passey, Don. / When Basic Mathematics Skills Predict Nothing: Implications for Education and Training. In: Educational Psychology. 1995 ; Vol. 15, No. 1. pp. 35-44.

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