Getting it out there: Exploring creative ways to present research

Year: 2004

Author: de Vries, Peter

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper examines how educational research can be presented in a creative way through alternative modes of representation such as the short story. The rationale behind such representation is that there are many stakeholders involved in education who do not normally engage with educational research due to the way it is written and presented (i.e., in academic journals), therefore alternative modes of presentation may encourage stakeholders to engage with research if it is presented in a more user-friendly way. This will be illustrated in the way research about male primary school teacher attrition was presented as a short story titled Leaving Teaching. The presentation will focus on the way two audiences, teachers and pre-service teachers, engaged with the text and reflected on the impact of male teacher attrition in schools today.