Caliban's Dance

FE after The Tempest

October 2020
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    14th October 2020
  • ISBN 9781858569246
  • Language English
  • Pages 204 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

Caliban's Dance concludes the trilogy begun with Further Education and the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and continued with The Principal: Power and Professionalism in FE. The contributors probed the question "Where in FE is there space to dance?", then "What restricts the dance?" Now we ask: "With no restrictions, what would a future FE dance be like?"

FE is subject to reductive utilitarianism by policymakers; Caliban's Dance counters with vivid dreams of a sector unfettered. The book's central metaphor is Caliban from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a play that can be read as a manifesto for second chances, transformation, and learning. The contributors re-imagine FE as utopia: if it is to be Grimm, they demand that it be so on their own professional terms - as powerful, democratic, dancers.

Preface, by Ewart Keep; Introduction: Be not afeard, FE by Maire Daley, Rania Hafez, Lou Mycroft, Kevin Orr, Damien Page, Joel Petrie and Rob Peutrell; ACT 1. Introduction, by Gillian Klein; 1. Whither a politics of hope: Neoliberalism and revolutionary reformism?, by James Avis; 2. Conjuring critical pedagogy, by Maire Daley; 3. They are all enchantment, those who once behold ’em, Are made their slaves for ever, by Christine Calder and Gary Husband; 4. ‘You cram these words into mine ears!’: The experiences of HE in FE students, by Kate Lavender and Cheryl Reynolds; 5. ‘Poor worm, thou art infected!’: Seduction and colonization in Further Education, by Damien Page; 6. A brave new education, by Eddie Playfair; ACT 2. Introduction, by Lynne Sedgmore; 7. Learn like witches: Gesturing towards Further Education otherwise, by Sarah Amsler; 8. Unlearning Prospero’s language: Decolonizing leadership in FE, by Rania Hafez; 9. Voices of the isle: Towards a research Utopia for FE, by Sarah-Jane Crowson, Jo Fletcher-Saxon, Samantha Jones and Amy Woodrow; 10. ‘You taught me language.’ Educating Caliban: Brokering citizenship in ESOL, by Rob Peutrell and Melanie Cooke; 11. ‘Stranger in a strange land’: Reclaiming the terrain for a disorientating dilemma, by Pete Bennett, Howard Scott and Julie Wilde; 12. Red plagues, dust storms and death to utopia, by Pete Shukie; 13. The sorcery of academic skills, by Casey Beaumont and Rhian Wyn-Williams; ACT 3. Introduction: ‘Set it down with gold on lasting pillars’: In search of FE’s golden age, by Stephen Exley; 14. A new enlightenment: Scottish FE as a source of emancipation, by Steve Brown; 15. ‘I urge you to hear me’: Changing prison education for the better, by Vicky Butterby, Claire Collins and David Powell; 16. Spalpeens on the Isle of Wonders: Reflections on work, power and collective resistance in Irish Further Education, by Fergal Finnegan and Jerry O’Neill; 17. Prospero’s books and the official utopias of further education, by Paul Smith; 18. Caliban, monstrosity and college-based Higher Education: College Scholarship Centres as islands of possibility, by Craig Hammond; 19. Joyful encounters: Caliban reimagines FE, by Carol Azumah Dennis and Lou Mycroft; Conclusion, by Kevin Orr; Index

Maire Daley

Maire Daley is the former Programme Leader for Teacher Education at the City of Liverpool College.

Kevin Orr

Kevin Orr is Professor of Work and Learning at the University of Huddersfield.

Joel Petrie

Joel Petrie is a doctoral researcher at the University of Huddersfield.

further education; adult education; continuing education