Storytelling: Buzzword or Back to Basics?

Storytelling seems like the shiny new way to learn, but it’s actually an ancient means of making sense of the world.

Stories are fantastic tools for learning. Narrative-style learning is a form of constructivism, in which we are participants–not receptacles for information. Adults don’t normally show up in a learning environment with empty sponges for brains. We naturally learn by attaching our own meaning to an event or to new information. We have many layers of experience to draw from, and narrative learning ignites that inherent tendency we all have to play an active role in learning something new.

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