For thousands of years, storytelling has been the key means of instruction or approach in cultures around the world. In some cultures, storytelling has been the major way to convey society’s culture, values, and history without using any written language. Prevailing methods of learning such as lectures and memorization are less suited for training learners as they yield very little in terms of generalization, duration, and speed of knowledge acquisition. Many a times learners do not understand the purpose of the training they are undergoing. All these challenges have prompted many scholars to promote methods of learning that get the most out of social and contextual aspects of learning.
The premise of storytelling approach is that learning is most effective when it takes place in a social environment that provides authentic contextual cues about how the knowledge is to be applied. Various domains such as military, aviation, medical, law, and many others rely heavily on storytelling as the method for teaching the key facts of their discipline.