A new enlightenment: Scottish FE as a source of emancipation

Steve Brown

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The Neoliberal Tempest has transformed the Scottish Further Education (FE) sector. Rather than seeking to empower civil society through human flourishing, the focus now is firmly on producing "work-ready" individuals to meet corporate demands. This chapter explores the impact of neoliberal policymaking on the Scottish FE sector, and how changed priorities inhibit the potential for the sector to benefit society. It then reimagines FE in a world that regards education as more than merely a source of human capital. A return to classical liberal values, embellished with the emancipatory overtones of critical pedagogy, can allow the sector to scratch out a new tune - one that allows FE professionals to dance again, unfettered by the indoctrinatory chains of work-readiness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCaliban's Dance
Subtitle of host publicationFE After the Tempest
EditorsMaire Daley, Kevin Orr, Joel Petrie
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherUCL IOE Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781858569253
ISBN (Print)9781858569246
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2020


  • FE
  • further education
  • adult and continuing education
  • The Tempest
  • Caliban


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