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TL:CCA Transformative Learning: Centre for Community Activism

 Welcome to the Transformative Learning: Centre for Community Activism


The Transformative Learning: Centre for Community Activism is a new and evolving project of the Adult Education and Community Development program at OISE, so the contours of the TLCCA remain largely undefined.  TLCCA is emerging from the former Transformative Learning Centre, in order to create an institutional resource that reflects the areas of study and community activism of current faculty in the Adult Education and community Development Program at OISE.  Stay tuned, as this exciting new project unfurls in the months and years ahead.

The Transformative Learning: Centre for Community Activism (TLCCA) is based at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Our office is located on the 7th floor, Room 165.

If you would like to get regular news about TLC events, send an e-mail message to tlcca.oise@utoronto.ca and we’ll put you on the list.


About the former Transformative Learning Centre (1993-2016)

The Transformative Learning Centre’s origins echo its path within and beyond the University of Toronto’s graduate school of Education, OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). In 1987 Edmund O’Sullivan and the late Madan Handa, aware of the need for a rich diversity of perspectives, stuck up a sign for a Centre, in the spirit of “build it and they will come”. In 1993, Ed and Budd Hall formalized this as the Transformative Learning Centre. It was funded by the University of Toronto for three years. All of its other funding and operating costs over the years have been raised by its members and volunteers through its events. A visit to its archives shows the range of its progressive conferences, gatherings, workshops and summer institutes over the last 20 years. Its regular informal learning circles and community events are not visible on the university website but have been core to its sustainability. Related publications from its scholars are numerous. Projects inspired and supported by its work are in many countries including those in Africa, South America, India, Ireland, England, Australia, the Azores, the US and across Canada as far west British Columbia.


Many of the groups who have been involved in the TLC over the years have come together to form the Transformative Learning Community. A recently constructed (and still under construction) website
reflects much of their work and happenings. The TLCommunity retains a relationship with the TLCCA whereby TLCommunity groups are able to book space at OISE through TLCCA and maintain an institutional affiliation with the University of Toronto






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