Children's informal learning in the context of school of knowledge society

Birgitte Holm Sørensen, Oluf Danielsen, Janni Nielsen

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OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEducation and Information Technologies
Vol/bind12
Udgave nummer1
ISSN1360-2357
StatusUdgivet - 2007
Udgivet eksterntJa

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