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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

Summer term 2016

During the summer term 2016, Professor Gruber spends a research sabbatical at the University of Turku, Finland. His deputy during this period is Helen Jossberger, Ph.D..

Chair news

Best Poster Award for Linda Puppe

At the 8th EARLI SIG 14 conference ‘SIGnature: Bridging Professional Development Research’ – held in Regensburg from 24-26 August – Linda Puppe was awarded with the Best Poster Award. Springer sponsored this award with a voucher of € 250,-. Congratulations! Here is the link to the poster.

Doctoral candidate meeting at Haus Johannisthal in Windischeschenbach

From June 16th until 18th 2016, the annual doctoral candidate meeting took place at Haus Johannisthal in Windischeschenbach.

PhD students and Post-Docs of the Chairs for Educational Science I, II & III, as well as the Chair for School Research, School

New to the chair: Katrin Lessel-Schuler

Today we welcome our new secretary, Katrin Lessel-Schuler. Experienced in managing courses at an adult education centre and being a foreign language correspondent, she will support the team at our department as well as students.

We wish her a good start and look forward