Caliban's Dance

FE after The Tempest

October 2020
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    14th October
  • 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.

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.