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Chair of Learning and Instruction

Chair holder

Prof. Dr. h. c. Hans Gruber
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c.
Hans Gruber
Visiting Professor University of Turku, Finland


E-Mail Hans.Gruber@ur.de

Building PT, Zi. 4.1.20
Phone +49 (0)941 943-3783
Fax +49 (0)941 943-4989

(Contact through secretariat)

Important links

EARLI Executive Committee Springer Book Series: Professional and Practice-based Learning
ACQUIN Akkreditierungskommission

Chair profile

Research and teaching in the Gruber Research Group is focused on the analysis of outstanding professional performers and educational means to foster their acquisition of expertise. Studies are conducted in a variety of domains (for example medicine, business management, science, music, and arts), using a large variety of empirical research methods (from eye-tracking analyses to biographical records of practice activities). The GRG trusts that the key to understanding reproducible superior performance is the notion that expertise can be acquired through deliberate practice. Effortful training activities lead to domain-specific cognitive, physiological, motor and perceptual adaptations. In addition to such individual adaptations, social adaptations are investigated as well in order to understand the social embedding of expertise, for example the changing participation in professional networks during the growth of individual excellence.

For research topics and themes for Bachelor, Master or Doctoral Theses please contact the project responsibles under Research.

  1. Faculty of Psychology, Educational Science
    and Sport Science
  2. Department of Educational Science

Office hours Prof. Gruber

Summer term 2017

Wednesdays, 12 AM - 1 PM

Next office hours:
18/10, 25/10, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 13/12

Chair news

New Book Publication

A new book on empirical research in cultural education, called "Von Mythen zu Erkenntnissen?“ has been released. It is edited by Sebastian Konietzko, Sarah Kuschel, & Vanessa-Isabelle Reinwand-Weiss and includes one contribution by the interdisciplinary project tap (the art project).
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New to the chair

We welcome the new double degree coordinator. Jasmin Rowe is currently studying her Bachelor in Eduational Science and will support the Double Degree study programme. We wish her a good start and look forward to working with her.
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Presidential address at EARLI 2017

On August 29th, Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Hans Gruber gave the presidential address at the 17th Biennial EARLI Conference in Tampere, Finland.

His presentation and speech was titled "Expertise development: Cognitive adaptations
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