Maybe-ing and must be-ing in higher education


  • Kathleen Mahon University of Borås
  • Petra Angervall
  • Sara Khalifeh Soltani
  • David Hoffman
  • Melina Aarnikoivu
  • Lill Langelotz
  • Catarina Player Koro





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Mahon, K. ., Angervall, P., Khalifeh Soltani, S. ., Hoffman, D., Aarnikoivu , M., Langelotz, L., & Player Koro, C. (2020). Maybe-ing and must be-ing in higher education. Journal of Praxis in Higher Education, 2(2), pp. 1–10.