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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:
2/11, 16/11, 23/11

Chair news

Schachexperiment – Versuchspersonen gesucht

In Kooperation mit der Universität Paderborn (Christian Harteis und Dagmar Festner) führen wir (Markus Nivala, Helen Jossberger und Hans Gruber) derzeit eine Replikation klassischer Schachexperimente aus der Expertiseforschung durch. Dabei sollen

New to the chair: Vanessa Gratton

We welcome the new double degree coordinator. Vanessa Gratton has completed her Bachelor in Educational Science successfully and just started her master. She will be responsible for all incoming and outgoing students in the Double Degree study programme.

New Article: The Role of Prior Knowledge and Students’ Perceptions in Learning of Biomedical Sciences

A new article has been published in collaboration between GRG (Markus Nivala, Hans Gruber) and University of Turku, Finland (Jorma Paranko, Faculty of Medicine, Erno Lehtinen, Faculty of Education). The authors