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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

President of the EARLI

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

Stiftung Mercator 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

Winter term 2016

WED, 12 AM - 1 PM

Next office hours:
22/2, 1/3, 8/3

Chair news

EARLI Newsletter

As EARLI President, Hans Gruber released the January Newsletter of the Association, in which he draws attention to forthcoming events (in particular the Biannual Conference to be held in Tampere, Finland, in August 2017) and to concerns about recent US political decisions which might impact international research

Aufruf: Teilnehmer gesucht

In German language only

Studie zum Blattlesen von Organisten/-innen – Versuchspersonen gesucht

Im Rahmen des Forschungsprojektes “Musik lesen: Augenbewegungen und Expertiseentwicklung” von Professor Dr. Erkki

International guest Marjaana Puurtinen, PhD

Marjaana Puurtinen, PhD. is working at the Department of Teacher Education Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) in Finland. Her general research interests are expertise in music reading, expertise in history, eye-movement research,