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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

PhD candidate at IEEE EDUCON 2016

PhD candidate Florian Hauser took part in the IEEE EDUCON 2016, held in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) from 10th to 14th of April. During the conference he presented a joint project of Prof. Gruber’s chair at the University of Regensburg and Prof. Mottok’s Laboratory for Safe and Secure Systems (LaS3) at OTH

Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility: Visit in Turku

From 2nd to 6th of May, PhD candidate Manuel Längler participated in the Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility Programme. During his visit at our partner university in Turku, he had the possibility to present his dissertation project “The influence of social network support on

EARLI SIG 14 Conference in Regensburg

The 8th EARLI SIG14 Learning and Professional Development Conference "SIGnature: Bridging professional development research" takes place in August (24.-26.8.2016) at the University of Regensburg. The conference brings together innovative academics and industrial experts to a common forum.