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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:

Chair news

New publication

Jointly with the former GRG members Markus Hirschmann and Monika Rehrl, Hans Gruber published a chapter "Bildungsbezogene Netzwerkforschung" in the 4th edition of one of the most influential German edited books in educational science, the "Handbuch Bildungsforschung" (edited by Rudolf Tippelt

New publication

Manuel Längler, Markus Nivala and Hans Gruber recently published an article entitled „Peers, parents and teachers: A case study on how popular music guitarists perceive support for expertise development from ‚persons in the shadows‘“ in the journal Musicae Sciencae. The article addresses the role of peers,

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.