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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 DFG Fachkollegium EWS
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.

  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:

Chair news

New to the chair: Sven Kraus

We welcome our new collegiate assistant. Sven Kraus studies Educational Science. Currently, he is in his third semester.

We wish him a good start and look forward to working with him.

ICO International Fall School 2016

From October 31st till November 4th the ICO Fall School took place in Bad Schussenried, Germany. ICO is the Interuniversity Centre for Educational Sciences in the Netherlands and Belgium. It is a research school in the domain of education with the aim of offering advanced courses to its PhD candidates in the

New publication

Hans Gruber and Birgit Eiglsperger (Professor for Art Education at the University of Regensburg) recently published a book chapter entitled “Wissen oder Können? Prozesse und Ergebnisse universitärer Lehrerbildung im Licht empirischer Bildungsforschung“.