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Get off my bus! School leaders, vision work and the elimination of teachers. / Courtney, Steven John; Gunter, Helen M.

In: International Journal of Leadership in Education, Vol. 18, No. 4, 20.01.2015, p. 395-417.

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Courtney, Steven John ; Gunter, Helen M. / Get off my bus! School leaders, vision work and the elimination of teachers. In: International Journal of Leadership in Education. 2015 ; Vol. 18, No. 4. pp. 395-417.

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