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A key capacity for engagement in the emerging field of ecohealth is the ability to work collaboratively. Between 2008 and 2010, the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health collectively designed and delivered three foundational, intensive, field courses. This paper presents findings derived from both quantitative and qualitative student course evaluation survey data. New insights arise around: the diverse opportunities for learning collaboratively in order to tackle complex socio-ecological issues, the social dynamics of collaborative relationships and learning, and the learning challenges that arise during intensive field courses. The lessons learned from these foundational years have enhanced understanding of the interrelated contributions to collaborative learning and relationship building and their relevance to addressing issues spanning ecosystems, health and society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1031-1046
Number of pages16
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul. 2017


  • Ecohealth
  • collaborative learning
  • collaborative relationships
  • communities of practice
  • student experience


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