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M. ÇAKMAK, M. Gündüz, and A. B. Emstad, “Challenging moments of novice teachers: survival strategies developed through experiences,” CAMBRIDGE JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, pp. 147–162, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: