Caliban's Dance

FE after The Tempest

Paperback / softback, 234 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
8 Sep 2020
Trentham Books

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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.

CONTENTS: 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

'This third volume in a creative series views Further Education through the lens of Shakespeare’s Tempest. It is not just an achievement, but a triumph, allowing contributors to explain the complexity and importance of FE in a rich, forceful and challenging way. Together, these colleagues show they have the collective, democratic power to transform the sector for the good and this volume will encourage many others to begin exercising that power.'

Frank Coffield, Emeritus Professor, UCL Institute of Education

'Caliban's Dance is joyous, spirited, provocative, thoughtful and imaginative. Anyone interested in shaping the future of further education will find plenty to challenge and inspire their thinking.'

Professor John Field, University of Stirling, Scotland

'This remarkable and original book brings the characters of Prospero, Miranda, Caliban, Sycorax, Ariel and others from Shakespeare’s Tempest out of the shadows of allegory to illuminate a range of stakeholder perspectives on Further, Adult and Vocational Education. An impressive team of authors from the UK and Ireland explores issues ranging from the rise of neoliberalism in FE to imperialist and post-imperialist attitudes towards race, class and social justice in education; ESOL and citizenship; the relationship between practice and theory; relays of power and control in the implementation of education policy; issues in prison education; problems and possibilities in education leadership; and the role of practitioner research in improving educational practice.

The book imparts important insights into the dynamics of policy and practice and will find audiences among policy professionals, education leaders, teacher educators, teachers and their students across the sector.'

Maggie Gregson, Professor of Vocational Education, University of Sunderland

'This trilogy offers a deeply thought-provoking set of perspectives that are "must reads" for policymakers, practitioners and academics. The analysis that this trilogy offers on the impact of policy on leadership, professional practice and wider perspectives on professional practice are exceptional in their accuracy and introspection. I would recommend the whole trilogy as part of the induction of all policymakers and leaders in FE in the UK.'

Ali Hadawi CBE, Principal and Chief Executive, Central Bedfordshire College

'Caliban’s Dance challenges all of FE to live by the words of the great Raymond Williams: "To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing." But it does more than challenge, it entices us to believe and provokes us to act.'

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges

'Meaningful positive change for the people who need high-quality, emancipatory further education requires creative and courageous thinking by those with intimate understanding of FE. These authors, with their vast experience of the sector, combine creativity and courage in equal measure. Essential reading for all who seek to build the future of further education on the foundational values of social solidarity and social justice.'

Howard Stevenson, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Nottingham

'The civic role of colleges in their communities has never been more important than now in providing moral and ethical leadership that enables colleges to play a meaningful and sustainable role in supporting individuals and facilitating economic recovery. The wide range of perspectives contribute to the leadership and policy debates at the heart of FE. The emancipatory conditions in which the mission of the sector could be advanced and transformed beyond today's confinements are thoughtfully and provocatively explored in this brilliantly optimistic but, sadly, final volume of the trilogy. They have saved the best for the last dance.'

Dr Sam Parrett, OBE