Leaving Teaching

Year: 2004

Author: de Vries, Peter

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The majority of this paper consists of a short story titled "Leaving Teaching". The story is a distillation of the experiences of three male primary school music teachers who left the profession, one of which was myself. In combining our experiences into the short story a rich, thick description has been created that explains what factors may impact on male teacher attrition, specifically in the primary school. The short story mode is one of the artistic modes of presenting educational research that emerged in the 1990s. It has the potential to allow audiences to view teaching in new ways, as well as engage audiences who might not normally read more traditional representations of educational research (i.e., articles in refereed academic journals).