STORYTELLING Gradually, as students are provided with opportunities to engage more fully in professional work environments, they too have stories to share. It is important for educators to encourage students to work with their stories soon after their initial contact with professional settings. Even though these early stories may seem insignificant to the students, and lack the drama of those shared by more experienced practitioners, it is important to explore and examine the students' practice realities to enable further learning to occur. While it is usual for students to feel some hesitancy, because such sharing
could reveal a lack of competence and confidence, it provides a way in which day-to-day issues can be resolved, possible alternative approaches discussed and relevant theory applied.