“Final year midwifery students’ views and experiences of telling and listening to practice-related stories” (Area 2&7)

Poster and Oral presentation
Ros Weston, (IHS)
This paper describes preliminary findings of an initial study. The aim was to explore final year midwifery students’ views and experiences of telling and listening to practice-related stories. The chosen methodology was naturalistic interpretative inquiry. The target population was final year midwifery students, registered in one university in the academic year 2014/2015. A small purposive sample of four final year midwifery students was recruited. Three participants took part in a focus group, and one in a conversational interview. Data were electronically recorded, transcribed verbatim and thematically analyzed. Stories assisted students to reflect on practice, helping to make learning more real. Students deliberately retold stories for motivation and support. Storytelling can be cathartic. ‘Cautionary tales’, told by lecturers, about mistakes in practice, motivated students to avoid making mistakes. Mentors’ stories aided students to feel part of a team. Service users’ stories, told in class, helped students to empathize with women in practice. These findings have potential significance for curriculum design, educators and mentors, they will be explored further in the main Doctoral Study.

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