|posted by nolo:
I think we learn because we covet. One can only covet something he/she does not have, because to covet is to want something. We learn in order to get what we want. If we don't have a clear idea of what we want, learning is rather pointless. On the other hand, if you know what end you are aiming for, just about everything that happens to you or is observed by you could be fodder for learning (by analogy). If what someone is teaching you is not relevant in some way to your goal, you won't learn it. It will pass right by you.
Who decides what's relevant to a learner?
Last year, Caroyln Fushimi was my coach at ESA. One of the first questions she asked me was, "What is your ideal skiing goal? What kind of skier do you want to be?"
I told her I was not interested in ripping through the trees (of that, I have absolutely NO desire). I don't want to be the "hotdoggus alpinus" that is hucking off cliffs, racing the gates, or going off piste stump jumpin.
After we clarified what MY goals were, HER goals for teaching me were also clarified.
I learn what is relevant to me.