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27/6/2017 - Doctoral candidate meeting at Haus Johannisthal in Windischeschenbach

Haus Johannisthal

From June 22nd until 23rd 2017, the annual doctoral candidate meeting took place at Haus Johannisthal in Windischeschenbach.

PhD students of the Chairs for Educational Science I, II & III, as well as the Chair for School Research, School Development and Evaluation presented their dissertation projects to the professors and to their peers.

After a short reception, the meeting started with two presentation slots of the dissertation projects. The presenters received immediate feedback as well as extended feedback in particular sessions by the professors and their peers.

Michael Scheumann, M. A. presented his project about “Expected self-efficacy in reanimation situations by mountain rescue members“ and Manuel Längler, M. A. presented his project about “The influence of social network support on the expertise development of musicians”.

All participants were extremely satisfied with the structure of the meeting, the professional discussions and not least with the personal interaction between the participants. Holding a further meeting has been set for the next year.

19/6/2017 - Meeting of the PDRnet in Regensburg

Meeting of the PDRnet in Regensburg

The 6th meeting of the PDRnet (Professional Development Research Network) took place at the University of Regensburg from 8th-11th of June, 2017. This year Helen Jossberger organised the meeting. The initiator of this network was Christian Harteis, who connected GRG with his research team in Paderborn. In the past years, our network grew from a national (Paderborn, Regensburg, Bamberg, Mannheim) to a European network (Leuven, Turku, Gothenburg, Antwerp). The main aim of the PDRnet is to give (young) researchers the opportunity to present their research in a safe environment and get in touch with researchers who share common research interests. Conceptual and empirical research in VET and diverse professions is the working field of all participants. Michael Scheumann presented his PhD project ‘Mountain rescue services’ perceived self-efficacy in resuscitation’ and received valuable feedback.

19/6/2017 - New to the chair: Linda Puppe and Isabell Stein

Isabell SteinLinda PuppeWe welcome our new PhD candidates. In their research, Linda Puppe and Isabell Stein focus on learning and professional development of sculptors. While Linda mainly takes a qualitative approach, Isabell will work with mobile eye tracking. They will also be involved in teaching.

We wish them a good start and look forward working with them!

27/4/2017 - Academic visit from Slovakia at the University of Regensburg

In the framework of the mobility programme ERASMUS+ | 27. – 31.3.2017

Associate Professor Mária Pisoňová and Dr. Adriana Nagyová from our partner Comenius University in Bratislava (Faculty of Education) spent a few days at the University of Regensburg. During their stay the Slovakian scientists, whose major field of expertise is school management, shared ideas to collaborate with colleagues from the Institute of Education at the University of Regensburg. Both scientists also had the opportunity to visit different schools in Regensburg with the aim to learn more about the German school system and to get an insight into teaching methods.

The dean of the faculty, Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Hans Gruber mentioned during the meeting: “… we’ve found some unexpected links in the time we’ve spent together – such as working with the same people on big projects, and thinking of some potential research collaboration ideas. We’ve also been talking about the possibility of arranging student field trips to Slovakia.”

Link to a poster about the visit.

10/1/2017 - New publication

In the recent issue of ZDM – Mathematics Education, a joint publication of Erno Lehtinen, Minna Hannula-Sormunen, Jake McMullen, and Hans Gruber was published: “Cultivating mathematical skills: From drill-and-practice to deliberate practice.”

DOI 10.1007/s11858-017-0856-6

From the abstract:

Contemporary theories of expertise development highlight the crucial role of deliberate practice in the development of high level performance. Deliberate practice is practice that intentionally aims at improving one’s skills and competencies. It is not a mechanical or repetitive process of making performance more fluid. Instead, it involves a great deal of thinking, problem solving, and reflection for analyzing, conceptualizing, and cultivating developing performance. This includes directing and guiding future training efforts that are then fine-tuned to dynamically evolving levels of performance. Expertise studies, particularly in music and sport, have described early forms of deliberate practice among children.

These findings are made use of in an analysis of the various forms of practice in school mathematics. It is widely accepted that mathematics learning requires practice that results in effortless conducting of lower level processes (such as quick and accurate whole number arithmetic with small numbers), which relieve cognitive capacity for more complex tasks. However, the typical training of mathematical skills in educational contexts can be characterized as drill-and-practice that helps automatize basic skills, but often leads to inert routine skills instead of adaptive and flexible number knowledge. In the article, findings of studies are summarized which describe students’ self-initiated, deliberate practice in learning number knowledge and intervention studies applying deliberate practice in mathematics teaching, including technology-based learning environments aimed at triggering practice that goes beyond mechanical repeating of number skills.

15/3/2017 - New Book Publication

Cover Wissen und LernenA new book on epistemic beliefs in schools, universities and work environments, called "Wissen und Lernen" has been released. It is edited by Andrea Bernholt, Hans Gruber & Barbara Moschner and also includes three contributions by the GRG from Hans Gruber.

A brief description about the content (in German only):
Moderne Wissensgesellschaften stellen durch die in ihnen herrschende Informationsfülle enorme Anforderungen an ihre Mitglieder, die lernen müssen, sich in der Vielfalt der Informationsangebote zurechtzufinden. Sowohl in privaten als auch in gesellschaftlichen Kontexten spielen dabei individuelle Vorstellungen und Überzeugungen zum Wissen und Lernen eine zentrale Rolle. In der Forschung zu solchen epistemischen Überzeugungen wird die Entwicklung subjektiver Theorien eng mit der Untersuchung individueller Lernerfahrungen in institutionellen Lehr- und Lernprozessen verknüpft.

In diesem Band wird ein umfassender Überblick über die Rolle epistemischer Überzeugungen bei Lernenden und Lehrenden verschiedener Altersstufen und in unterschiedlichen Lernkontexten gegeben. Die Beiträge spiegeln unter anderem das Ringen um ein neues (deutschsprachiges) Instrument zur Erfassung epistemischer Überzeugungen wider. Die Autorinnen und Autoren bieten mit dem „Fragebogen zur Erfassung epistemischer Überzeugungen“ (FEE) einen Lösungsvorschlag, mit dem sie sich im weiteren Verlauf kritisch und auf der Basis anknüpfender empirischer Studien auseinandersetzen. In der Gesamtsicht wird auch der Frage nachgegangen, welche epistemischen Überzeugungen für das Lernen relevant sind, und wie diese in einer künftigen Wissensgesellschaft gezielt gefördert werden können.

Link to the publication.

7/3/2017 - In memoriam

Monika AbelMonika Abel, (Rehrl) was born in 13.04.1977. She got her Diploma on 12.04.2002 at the University of Regensburg and then worked under Professor Hans Gruber on the field of education around 5 years. Becoming a university researcher and teacher was her dream and she used all her energy and will for it despising the hazing neurological symptom that teased her and insidiously creeped as a part of her life. In her studies, Moon was especially interested in social network analysis and professional development studies. As a part of her dissertation she created an instrument to measure elements of professionals’ personal networks. For this purpose she travelled to collect material and interviewed scientists in several European countries, fighting against the time and tiredness; doing analyses, giving up everything, starting once more, all over again. Parts of her work can be seen as a seed for Markus Hirschmann’s dissertation, partly it was published as articles, although she never got her dream come true in a form of a dissertation.

During her short academic career Moon got many close colleagues at home and abroad. She was the kind of person who was not the most visible one but who still was an embodied expression charm. She had a face like actresses or photo-models have, with a radiant smile. She might have provided material for a photo exhibition at any museum of art. She was a beloved co-author, teacher, and born conversationalist. She could start a breakfast with a morning coffee in a garden and end it to dinner in the very same garden and company after the whole day refreshing talk. Like all story-tellers, she was a wizard to start inspiring conversations wherever she was. “I am not effective enough”, she said but it was not true. Only the circumstances were against her. Sadly, the heavy years of serious illness finally forced her to social isolation. The last years she spent inside family, still believing possibilities to recover at least partly. “I want to come back to university, once more”, she said, “and to feel the fire of my body and soul”. But it was not possible anymore. The articles for accumulative dissertation waited in vain for the last approval but Moon was already too weak to finish the dissertation.

Although all dreams did not come true, still the most important did. Disdaining medicine and the whole world she gave a birth to three sons. Irrespective of the fact that she lost her ability to walk, move or in concrete take care of her children, her spirit, sense of humor and devotion for them was still left.

Moon’s death has been a shock to many colleagues in the international science communities. There are many questions. Why a mother for three lovely sons needs to die at the age of 39? There’d be so many kisses to give, football games to see, so many stories to tell, sorrows to speak out and funny and serious issues to discuss about. Why a young researcher must give up at the last steps of laborious PhD thesis writing? Why we lost such a great wife, family member, colleague and friend? And above all, why anyone must suffer like she had to? Why, why, and why? No answers to these bitter questions can be found. Instead, it is time to be humble and grateful of all happy and inspiring moments spent together, all wise and joyful conversations in all kind of places, at all possible times of a day, at home, on campus or around Skype or hospital bed.

Moon, we shall remember you the rest of our lives, as you were, a most charming creature God ever made.

Tuire Palonen, Turku/Finland

13/2/2017 - EARLI Newsletter

As EARLI President, Hans Gruber released the January Newsletter of the Association, in which he draws attention to forthcoming events (in particular the Biannual Conference to be held in Tampere, Finland, in August 2017) and to concerns about recent US political decisions which might impact international research associations.

Download Newsletter

9/2/2017 - Aufruf: Teilnehmer gesucht

In German language only

Orgelstudie 2016

Studie zum Blattlesen von Organisten/-innen – Versuchspersonen gesucht

Im Rahmen des Forschungsprojektes “Musik lesen: Augenbewegungen und Expertiseentwicklung” von Professor Dr. Erkki Huovinen (Royal College of Music, Stockholm/Schweden; Universität Jyväskylä/Finnland) und Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Hans Gruber (Universität Regensburg/Deutschland; Universität Turku/Finnland) werden aus musikwissenschaftlicher und erziehungswissenschaftlicher Perspektive der Prozess des Lesens musikalischer Notation untersucht.

Hierzu möchten wir in Kooperation mit Marjaana Puurtinen, PhD. (Universität Turku/Finnland) mit Hilfe eines Eye-Trackers die Augenbewegungen von Organisten/-innen erfassen, während diese gleichzeitig Musik spielen. Dies ermöglicht es uns nicht nur zu hören, wie gespielt wird, sondern gleichzeitig exakt zu verfolgen, worauf beim Lesen der Notation geachtet wird. Professionelle Organisten/-innen sind hierbei besonders interessant für uns, da beim Orgelspiel die Musik auf drei Notensystemen notiert wird. Dadurch wird das Lesen von Notation ungleich herausfordernder als für die meisten anderen Instrumentalisten. Untersuchungen, in denen das Lesen und Spielen gemeinsam betrachtet werden, sind bisher noch sehr selten. Daher könnten die Ergebnisse für die tägliche Arbeit von professionellen Musikerinnen und Musikern höchst informativ und nützlich sein.

Wir sind auf der Suche nach Versuchspersonen, die an diesem Experiment freiwillig teilnehmen möchten. Ein Experiment dauert insgesamt ca. 30-45 Minuten. Dabei spielen die Teilnehmer wie gewohnt an der Orgel, nur dass die Notation von einem von uns mitgebrachten Computerbildschirm nachgespielt wird statt von einem Blatt Papier. Sollten Sie Interesse haben, wenden Sie sich bitte per Mail an: sekretariat.gruber@ur.de

9/2/2017 - International guest Marjaana Puurtinen, PhD

Marjaana PuurtinenMarjaana Puurtinen, PhD. is working at the Department of Teacher Education Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) in Finland. Her general research interests are expertise in music reading, expertise in history, eye-movement research, comprehension of text and visuals and conceptual change research. She will be guest at our chair till March 19th

Currently, she is also coordinating the research consortium titled "Reading Music: Eye Movements and the Development of Expertise", funded by the Academy of Finland (ongoing between 1.9.2014-31.8.2018). The leaders of this project are Professor Dr. Erkki Huovinen (Royal College of Music, Stockholm/Schweden; Universität Jyväskylä/Finnland) and Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Hans Gruber (Universität Regensburg/Deutschland; Universität Turku/Finnland).

During her stay at our chair, she will be conducting an eye-tracking study with organists. In terms of sight-reading, professional organists are, by far, top experts, and therefore of special interest to our project. As organists are required to read from three staves, their reading task is a lot more demanding than for many other instrumentalists. If you are interested in participating, you can write an email to sekretariat.gruber@ur.de.

25/1/2017 - GRG Outcome Report 2016

As every year, the GRG publishes its outcome report.

It gives an overview for outsiders into the research output as well as teaching and day-to-day activities that have been done within the GRG. Everyone interested can find the report here.

21/1/2017 - Joint Teaching with Halszka Jarodzka

Halszka JarodzkaIn January, Halszka Jarodzka and Helen Jossberger gave a course on ‘Current Research Approaches in Professional Learning’ for Bachelor students in their fifth semester. The course provided insights into professional learning and introduced eye tracking technology. We discussed different professional domains such as teaching, creative domains like music and art, medicine and sports actively. It was an interactive course with live demos of currently running experiments, presentations and creative hands-on activities. Students designed their own experiments, implemented them und ran them using the eye tracker. A great experience!

10/1/2017 - 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 and Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha). In the chapter, the relevance of networks and of network research for educational issues is discussed. Types of networks and types of network analysis are outlined, and an overview is provided about the state of the art in research. Network analysis aims at the investigation of relations between actors; while social network analysis often is based on a macro perspective of organisational or societal networks, ego-centric network analysis tries to understand individual networks from a micro perspective.

See link here

5/1/2017 - 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, parents and teachers for musical development in popular music. It is argued that popular musicians perceive the role of teachers and parents differently than classical musicians. In contrast to prior research in classical music, their influence on the musical development seems to be perceived rather small. However, peers were perceived as crucial for the musical development far more then teachers and parents.

The article is available for free here

19/12/2016 - Doctoral defence

Today, 19.12.2016, Simone Aicher defended her dissertation successfully. In her research, she focussed on advance directives, autonomy and paternalism in Psychiatry. She critically discussed free will and ethical challenges. It was an exciting interdisciplinary research project of Philosophy and Educational Science.

30/11/2016 - New to the chair: Sven Kraus

Sven KrausWe 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.

22/11/2016 - ICO International Fall School 2016

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 Netherlands. At the moment educational institutes of thirteen universities in the Netherlands and Belgium participate in ICO. The Department of Educational Science at the University of Regensburg collaborates as partner already for several years. Hans Gruber and Halszka Jarodzka held a workshop on Eye Tracking and Manuel Längler was presenting his PhD Thesis on “The influence of social network support on the skill development of musicians”. Participating at the ICO International Fall School was a great experience and should be recommended for all PhD-students who do research in the domains of learning, instruction and/or education.

16/11/2016 - 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“. This chapter contributes to a book edited by Peter Loebell and Philipp Martzog (both Freie Hochschule Stuttgart): Wege zur Lehrerpersönlichkeit. Kompetenzerwerb, Persönlichkeitsentwicklung und aktuelle Herausforderungen in der Lehrerbildung (Opladen: Budrich). The chapter addresses current Educational Science research about teacher training. It is argued that research on teacher expertise can inform educational policy about powerful learning environments in teacher education. The case of teacher training in Finland is used to show how research and practice successfully can be blended. Art Education is used as an example to illuminate pathways for research-based teacher training in Germany.

11/11/2016 - Keynote at DHBW in Stuttgart

DHBW 2016

Die Tagung für Praxisanleiterinnen und Praxisanleiter an der Dualen Hochschule Baden-Württemberg hatte das Thema „Praxis als Lernort gestalten“. Auf Einladung von Professorin Monika Sagmeister hielt Helen Jossberger am 10. November einen Vortrag mit dem Titel „Die richtigen Zutaten für eine professionelle Entwicklung“. Mehr Informationen finden sich hier.

2/11/2016 - New Women's Representative

Today it was decided unanimously that Helen Jossberger will act as new women’s representative. She will replace Franziska Kempka. In collaboration with Michaela Ingrisch and Eva Pufke, she will advocate the equalisation of women and men.

More information about can be found here.

26/10/2016 - 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 Versuchspersonen unterschiedlicher Schachspielstärke Schachpositionen erinnern und nachbilden, die ihnen für jeweils fünf Sekunden gezeigt werden. Experten überragen Novizen und Laien in solchen Gedächtnisleistungen aufgrund ihrer überlegenen Wissensstrukturen und Erfahrungen. Das Neue in unserem Untersuchungsaufbau besteht in der Aufzeichnung von Augenbewegungen, mit deren Hilfe der Einsatz spezieller Wissensstrukturen ("Chunks") aufgezeigt werden soll.

Wir sind auf der Suche nach Versuchspersonen, die an diesem Experiment freiwillig teilnehmen möchten und eine DWZ (Deutsche Wertungszahl) von 1.500 und höher aufweisen. Ein Experiment dauert insgesamt ca. 30 Minuten und unser Labor steht prinzipiell von Montag bis Samstag zwischen 9.00 Uhr und 21.00 Uhr für Untersuchungen zur Verfügung. Bei Interesse melden Sie sich bitte per Mail an Helen.Jossberger@ur.de.

18/10/2016 - New to the chair: Vanessa Gratton

Vanessa GrattonWe 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.

More information about the programme can be found

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

5/10/2016 - New Article: The Role of Prior Knowledge and Students’ Perceptions in Learning of Biomedical Sciences

xxxA 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 investigated whether medical students’ prior knowledge and perceptions about basic biomedical sciences predict learning of these topics at early phases of the medical education. The results emphasize the role prior knowledge especially in biology has for learning of medicine. Furthermore, the first year medical students seem to value topics that are more closely related to their everyday experiences and less abstract. Basic science topics may benefit from a more integrative pedagogical approach in which the biomedical concepts are conceptualized in diagnostic practice.

Nivala, M., Paranko, J., Gruber, H., Lehtinen, E. (2016). Medical Science Educator. doi:10.1007/s40670-016-0319-7

Link to the publication

4/10/2016 - Interdisciplinary journal article published about learning in emergency medicine

Jan BreckwoldtIn the journal BMC Medical Education, an article has been published which is based on the co-operation of the GRG with medical colleagues from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and from the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The paper Differences in procedural knowledge after a ‘spaced’ and a ‘massed’ version of an intensive course in emergency medicine, investigating a very short spacing interval is co-authored by Jan Breckwoldt, Jan R. Ludwig, Joachim Plener, Torsten Schröder, Hans Gruber and Harm Peters. An Emergency Medicine intensive course of 26 teaching hours was delivered over either 4.5 days, or 3.0 days. After the course students’ procedural knowledge was assessed by a specifically developed video-case based key-feature test. A significant spacing effect was observable even for a short spacing interval in undergraduate medical education. This effect was only moderate and may be weighed against planning needs of faculty and teaching resources.

Reference: BMC Medical Education, 16, 249. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0770-6

6/9/2016 - 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.

21/6/2016 - Doctoral candidate meeting at Haus Johannisthal in Windischeschenbach

Haus Johannisthal

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 Development and Evaluation presented their dissertation and habilitation projects to the professors and to their peers

The meeting started on Thursday with a workshop “Scientific Writing and Publication in English Language” held by PD Dr. Suggate, followed by presentations and review sessions of the dissertation and habilitation projects the days after. The presenters received immediate feedback as well as extended feedback in particular sessions.

Michael Scheumann, M. A. presented his project about “Expertise in re-animation: the promotion of interaction between technical and non-technical skills by simulation learning”, Linda Puppe, M. A. presented her project about “Perceptual processes in sculpturing”, and Manuel Längler, M. A. presented his project about “The influence of social network support on the skill development of musicians”.

All participants were extremely satisfied with the structure of the meeting, the professional discussions and not least with the personal interaction between the participants. Holding a further meeting has been set for the next year.

16/6/2016 - New to the chair: Katrin Lessel-Schuler

Katrin Lessel-SchulerToday 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 working with her.

15/6/2016 - Master project ‘Craftsmen School in Lebanon’

Craftsmen School in Lebanon

From May 28th until June 5th Lena Karpfinger and Laura Schatz – two Master students supervised by Helen Jossberger and Hans Gruber – were in Chtoura (Lebanon) to evaluate a profiling-training. The training is part of the project ‘Craftsmen School in Lebanon’. This project was initiated by Orienthelfer e.V. and realised in cooperation with bfz (Berufliche Fortbildungszentren der Bayerischen Wirtschaft) and MAPS (Multi Aid Programs) to support Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Four Master students enrolled in Educational Science participate. Their task is to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the craftsmen school. Further visits to Lebanon are planned.

15/6/2016 - Book chapter on expertise published

In a recent textbook on theories in the area of learning and instruction, edited by Professor Bärbel Fürstenau (TU Dresden, Germany), Hans Gruber and Stefan Degner contributed a chapter on expertise. The book aims to provide a basic overview of theories and empirical findings about teaching and learning. It mainly addresses undergraduate students of educational study programmes.

Information about the book is available here

13/6/2016 - International guest Dr. Lujza Koldeovà

Lujza KoldeovaDuring the week from May 23rd to 27th 2014 we had Dr. Lujza Koldeovà as a guest at our chair.

Dr. Koldeovà is head of the educational division at the department for education and social pedagogy of Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia).

Her scientific interest lies on the field of general pedagogy and empirical research methods within educational science. In these scientific areas she also works as a teacher.

Her research focusses mainly on the scientific area of educational theory, especially on the difficulty with rewards and punishments and their impact on the value system. In line with research project she participated in the creation of an electronic textbook about the basics of methodology of educational science. Currently she's part of a team within a national project working on moral development and attitudes of chrildren.

Link to her website at Comenius University

9/6/2016 - Forthcoming: 21st JURE conference, Helsinki University, Jul 4-8 2016

The 21st JURE conference will be held Helsinki University (Finland) on July 4th-8th, 2016. The conference theme is "Education in a dynamic world: Facing the future”. JURE is an activity launched by the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). In order to enhance the professional development of JUnior educational REsearchers, the EARLI, the largest European educational research association, established a network for Junior Researchers (JURE) in 1999. The biennial JURE conferences are set up around organised workshops and keynote presentations by leading scholars in the field. Practical training sessions are organised on different relevant issues like for example: the process of publishing scientific papers, the use of new models in data-analysis, student-supervisor relations, etc. In addition, there are some sessions in which junior researchers get the opportunity to practice the competence of presenting and discussing their own work. This event provides ample opportunity for interaction between junior and senior researchers, and it promotes international networking. Two Ph.D. students are going to present their work at the 21st JURE conference. Linda Puppe talks about "Professional development of sculptors", Manuel Längler about "Peers, parents, and teachers: Different persons in the shadow of expert guitarists". Hans Gruber as the current EARLI President will open the conference.

Link to the website

9/6/2016 - Forthcoming: 7th SWAET, Turku University, Jun 19-21 2016

The 7th Scandinavian Workshop on Applied Eye Tracking (SWAET) will be held at Turku University (Finland) on June 19th-21st 2016. The workshop brings together researchers from several disciplines (e.g. psychology, educational science, computer science, linguistics) using eye tracking as a measurement tool. The programme includes keynote lectures by Halszka Jarodzka (Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen; she is an external habilitation candidate at the University of Regensburg, attached to the Gruber Research Group) on "Eye movements in learning & instruction" and by Simon Liversedge (University of Southampton, United Kingdom) on "Eye movements in reading comprehension". The programme includes two paper presentations from the GRG. Markus Nivala, Florian Hauser (OTH Regensburg), Jürgen Mottok (OTH Regensburg) and Hans Gruber talk about "Development of visual expertise in software engineering: An eye-tracking study", Agnes Cichy and Markus Nivala about "The influence of video game practice on the eye-hand span".

Link to the website

9/6/2016 - Forthcoming: 2nd bi-annual ECSEE, Kloster Seeon, Jun 30/Jul 1 2016

The 2nd bi-annual European Conference of Software Engineering Education (ECSEE) will be held at Kloster Seeon on June 30th and July 1st, 2016. Chairs of the conference are Georg Hagel (HS Kempten) and Jürgen Mottok (OTH Regensburg), a project partner of the Gruber Research Group. Hans Gruber acts as one of the co-chairs of the 2nd ECSEE. The ECSEE provides a forum for academic, research and industrial collaboration on software engineering education. In the light of rapid changes and ubiquitous applications of information technologies, software engineering education is an interdisciplinary field of increasing importance which aims to integrate research issues, learning and instruction approaches, and work practices from different disciplines. At the conference, topical themes are presented and discussed in several forums, dealing with questions like: How can we support students in their student life cycle and how can we prepare them for lifelong learning? How can we ensure that future software engineers meet industrial needs, with respect to technical as well as soft skills? Keynotes lectures are presented by Dieter Landes (Germany) and Carlos Delgado Kloos (Spain).

Link to the website

2/6/2016 - International Research Colloquium in Leuven

International Research Colloquium in Leuven

Helen Jossberger participated in the 5th international meeting. PhD students from universities of Germany, Belgium and Finland presented their research projects. All research projects focus on learning and professional development in different domains. Senior and junior researchers engaged in lively discussions. This year, Eva Kyndt hosted the meeting at the University of Leuven, Belgium. In 2017, the meeting will take place at the University of Regensburg.

2/6/2016 - Manuel Längler accepted as PhD candidate

On May 23rd, 2016, Manuel Längler, M.A., submitted his dissertation proposal “The influence of social network support on the skill development of musicians“ to the Faculty of Psychology, Educational Science and Sport Science. The proposal was accepted on June 2nd, 2016. Manuel Längler, who is currently working as research associate at the chair of Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Gruber, is herewith recognised as PhD student at the Faculty.

Link to the exposé

23/5/2016 - 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 Regensburg with the title „Developing visual expertise in software engineering: An eye tracking study“. The aim of this study was to get a deeper understanding for the visual processes required by programmers while reading, understanding and debugging a source code. Furthermore, there was the possibility to meet and discuss the idea of eye tracking in computer science with researchers from all over the world.

For more information see the Conference Website and the website of the LaS3

18/5/2016 - Project Meeting in Berlin

TAP Project Meeting in Berlin

Linda Puppe, Christiane Settele and Birgit Eiglsperger, members of the interdisciplinary team “TAP – Studies on sculpting” (www.tap.ur.de), participated in the project meeting in Berlin. Six teams presented the current state of their research. The research projects focus on the effects of cultural education and conduct research in the domains of sculpting, music, dance, fine arts, creativity and linguistics. All projects are funded by the Council for Cultural Education e.V. and Mercator GmbH.

Link to the website

10/5/2016 - 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 the skill development of musicians” to different researchers from University of Bamberg, University of Paderborn, University of Tampere and University of Turku. Moreover, the stay in Turku was used to discuss research ideas and collaborate with colleagues at Turku University.

Universität Turku

2/5/2016 - EARLI SIG 14 Conference in Regensburg

Logo EARLI Logo SIG14

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.

For more information see the Conference Website

29/4/2016 - Organisation of EARLI network

In a Newsletter, Patrick Belpaire, the Managing Office Director of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) outlines how EARLI has been reorganised under the Presidency of Hans Gruber. Attempts have been made to serve the EARLI network better and to inspire and support fresh and innovative research ideas.

Link to the article

19/4/2016 - International Guest Professor Ignace Hooge

Ignace HoogeDr. Ignace Hooge gives two guest lectures and related workshops on 19th and 20th of April. Dr. Hooge is an eye tracking specialist who is an associate professor at the University of Utrecht.

The lectures and workshops have the following themes:

Tuesday (19.4.), 14-18 pm, room SK-131 (Zeichensaal)


  • 01 What does an eye tracker measure?
  • 02 Designing the perfect eye tracking experiment
  • Workshop: Setting up an eye tracking study

Wednesday (20.4.), 12-16 pm, room RW 109K (Druckgraphik)


  • 01 The data quality perspective (and the relation calibration and data exclusion)
  • 02 Designing Areas of Interest
  • Workshop: AOI workshop

8/4/2016 - Research visit

Els BoshuizenProf. Dr. Els Boshuizen visited our department on April 7 and April 8.
We worked on manuscripts, discussed ongoing research in the field of learning and professional development, and made plans for future collaboration. As mentor of Dr. Helen Jossberger, Els Boshuizen is actively involved in joint research projects.

14/3/2016 - EARLI 2017 conference contract signed

17th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction will take place in 2017 in Tampere, Finland. The conference theme is ”Education in the crossroads of economy and politics – Role of Research in the advancement of public good” and approximately 1800 participants are expected.

The contract for the conference was signed in March at the University of Tampere (Finland) by the EARLI president Prof. Hans Gruber, University of Tampere rector Liisa Laakso, conference president Eero Ropo and dean Risto Honkonen.

EARLI 2017 Contract

Picture courtesy of Jonne Renvall / University of Tampere

Link to the article (in Finnish only)

9/2/2016 - New Book Publication

A new book on the development of and in professions has been released. It includes two contributions from the GRG. Hans Gruber and Stefan Degner write about the relation between "expertise and competence", Hans Gruber and Christian Harteis discuss the issue of "Developmental tasks in adulthood".

Link to Release Sheet of "Traditionen, Zukünfte und Wandel in Bildungsnetzwerken" (in German only)

8/2/2016 - Ethisches Lernen in einer Universalbank

(only available in German)

Die Evenord-Bank eG-KG hat ein interessantes Geschäftsmodell. Die Homepage wirbt mit den Begriffen e-Wertekultur, e-Prinzip, e-Ethikkodex. Ein Zertifikat vom Zentrum für Wirtschaftsethik weist ein auditiertes Wertemanagement-System aus und seit Beginn des Jahres 2016 trägt die Bank das Siegel eines GOLD-Partners der Fairness-Stiftung.

Ethisches Lernen Exkursion

Für das von den Lehrstühlen für Moraltheologie und Pädagogik (Universität Regensburg) organisierte Seminar „Ethisches Lernen in Unternehmen“ waren dies Gründe genug, um eine Exkursion nach Nürnberg vorzunehmen. Rund 20 Studierende der Fächer Pädagogik, Theologie und Psychologie beschäftigten sich zunächst mit den theoretischen Grundlagen des ethischen Lernens und den internationalen unternehmensethischen Standards. Wie ethisches Lernen im beruflichen Alltag eines Unternehmens umzusetzen ist, dafür wurde die Evenord-Bank in Nürnberg ausgewählt.

In Absprache mit der dortigen Wertebeauftragten Vanessa Kugler konzipierten die Professoren Hans Gruber und Bernhard Bleyer einen Seminartag zur Anwendung des Gelernten. Unterstützt wurde das Vorhaben durch das Institut für Nachhaltigkeit in Technik und Wirtschaft der Ostbayerischen Technischen Hochschule Amberg-Weiden.

Ausgehend von unterschiedlichen Zielgruppen wie der Personal- oder Kreditabteilung sowie den Themenbereichen Baufinanzierung oder Wertpapier-Investments entwarfen die Studierenden eigene Fortbildungskonzepte zu ethischen Dilemmasituationen, die im Alltag einer Bank zu bewältigen sind. Die kreativen Ansätze zum ethischen Lernen in einer Universalbank wurden schließlich unter dem Beisein des Vorstandsvorsitzenden Horst Schneider präsentiert.

22/12/2015 - New Book Publication

A new book on networks in educational settings has been released. Markus Hirschmann and Hans Gruber contributed with a chapter 'NEPF - Netzwerke in der empirischen pädagogischen Forschung'.

Link to Release Sheet of "Traditionen, Zukünfte und Wandel in Bildungsnetzwerken" (in German only)

17/9/2015 - New Book Publication

“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” (James Joyce, Ulysses) The ambiguous nature of errors – on the one hand unwanted events, on the other hand potential incitement of learning processes and development – is explored in 19 chapters in the book “Errors: Their Functions in Context of Individual and Societal Development” (German title: “Fehler: Ihre Funktionen im Kontext individueller und gesellschaftlicher Entwicklung“), which was published in September 2015 (Waxmann Publisher, Münster, Germany). The book was edited by Martin Gartmeier (TU München), Hans Gruber (University of Regensburg), Tina Hascher (University of Berne, Switzerland), and Helmut Heid (University of Regensburg). Authors from educational science, psychology, business management, consultancy, and linguistics discuss functions of errors in professional life and in the educational system. For a long time, the editors have been studying the role of errors, for example in a 6-year long DFG project at the University of Regensburg. Insights from the research generated the idea to compose the present book.

Link to Release Sheet of "Fehler" (in German only)

28/7/2015 - Guest Lectures on Eye Tracking and Gesture Tracking

On July 16th, 2015, two guest lectures were held at the GRG. From the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar/Germany, Jun.Prof. Dr. Steffi Zander presented a lecture “Der Personalisierungseffekt: umgekehrt”. She talked about experimental studies using eye tracking to investigate the personalisation principle in multimedia learning, i.e. the effect of personalised language style in neutral and aversive learning contents. From her group, Stefanie Wetzel M.Sc. presented a lecture “Rotate it”. She talked about studies using gesture tracking to investigate learning on mobile devices while solving spatial reasoning tasks like mental rotation. After their presentations, both discussed the studies planned within tap – the art project (Mercator project led by Prof. Dr. Birgit Eiglsperger and Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Hans Gruber).

23/7/2015 - Presentation at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg

On July 17th, 2015, Hans Gruber presented a lecture Eye-Tracking: Neue Ideen zum Verständnis von Expertise in der Musik (und anderswo), co-authored by Erkki Huovinen, Halszka Jarodzka, and Marjaana Puurtinen. The presentation was part of the interdisciplinary „Kolloquium Informatik – Musik – Mathematik“, jointly organized by the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg and the TH Nürnberg, Nürnberg/Germany.

Prof. Martin UllrichBy invitation of the President of the HfM, Prof. Dr. Martin Ullrich, he discussed theoretical, empirical and methodological issues about the usage of eye tracking in research about music expertise.




21/7/2015 - Linda Puppe accepted as Ph.D. student

On July 13th, 2015, Linda Puppe, M.A., submitted her dissertation proposal “Expertiseentwicklung in der Bildhauerei” (development of expertise in sculpture) to the Faculty of Psychology, Educational Science and Sport Science. The proposal was accepted on July 16th, 2015. Linda Puppe, who is working in the Mercator project “Studien zur Bildhauerei” (Prof. Dr. Birgit Eiglsperger, Prof. Dr. Hans Gruber), herewith is recognised as Ph.D. student at the Faculty.

Link to the Exposé as PDF

3/6/2015 - University of Turku conferred a Honorory Doctorate on Prof. Gruber

On 29th of May, the Faculty of Education, University of Turku, conferred a Honorory Doctorate on Prof. Gruber. He received the marks of his rank: the doctoral hat, sword and diploma. The title was granted for his achievements in expertise research and for his long-standing collaboration with University of Turku.

The three day ceremonial conferment included The Sword Sharpening Ceremony, The Conferment Ceremony, The Conferment Banquet and Ball, and, finally, a ship cruise to Naantali.

The official laudation:

Tunnustuksena hänen ansioistaan kansainvälisesti arvostettuna oppimisen ja taitavan toiminnan tutkijana ja Turun yliopiston oppimisen tutkimuksen edistäjänä sekä panoksestaan kasvatustieteiden kansainvälisen maisteriohjelman edistämisessä.

Translation: In recognition of his merits as an internationally esteemed researcher of learning and skillful expert performance, as well as a promoter of learning research at the University of Turku and his contribution to the international Master's degree programme at the Faculty of Education.

Some links to the event:

Ceremonial Conferment Celebrated Young Doctors and Honorary Doctors

Getting ready for the Ceremonial Conferment 2015

Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees 2015

21/4/2015 - New to the chair: Manuel Längler

In April 2015 the Faculty for Psychology, Educational Science and Sport Science welcomed a new staff member. After finishing his studies (M.A. Educational Science) at the University Regensburg in February 2015, Manuel Längler now supports the Chair for Educational Science III in the fields of teaching and scientific function.

Currently research cooperation between the Chair for Educational Science III and the Chair for Music Education (Prof. Dr. Magnus Gaul) at the University Regensburg is planned. The development of expertise in music and the visual processing of music notation will be focused as research objects. New research methods, e.g. Eye-Tracking will be used. The aim is a better understanding of the development of instrumental and conducting expertise. Different master theses have already been composed about this topic. Further theses and publications in professional journals are about to follow.

15/1/2015 - New publication about antecedents to reflection in professional work

(Available by Open Access)

  • Hetzner, S., Heid, H., & Gruber, H. (2015). Using workplace changes as learning opportunities. Antecedents to reflection in professional work. Journal of Workplace Learning, 27, 34–50. DOI 10.1108/JWL_12-2013-0108

Purpose – The present research aims to contribute to an understanding of how individual characteristics and perceived contextual conditions shape reflection in professional work, particularly in workplaces that provide a variety of work experiences related to changes. We examine the effects of personal initiative, self-efficacy and perceived psychological safety in work relations with colleagues and supervisors on individuals’ reflection at work.

Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 84 client advisors who had recently been affected by major changes in retail banking workplaces participated in the study. The participants completed a questionnaire consisting of instruments to map their self-rated personal initiative, self-efficacy beliefs, reflection at work and perception of psychological safety in work relations with colleagues and supervisors. The data were analysed by performing correlation analyses and hierarchical regression analyses.

Findings – The results revealed that both individuals’ personal initiative and self-efficacy significantly positively affect reflection at work. An individual’s perception of psychological safety - particularly amongst peers - positively predicts reflection.

Originality/value – This paper enriches the research on reflection in professional work, particularly against the backdrop of workplace changes. This is done by emphasising the power of individuals’ proactive role and initiative-taking work behaviour, positive beliefs in their own capabilities, for example, managing the various opportunities involved in workplace changes, and their perception of a psychologically safe environment within a work group that is characterised by interpersonal trust, mutual respect and supportive cooperation.

Keywords: Personal initiative, Psychological safety, Reflection, Self-efficacy, Workplace change, Workplace learning

13/1/2015 - Disputation Katharina Gold

Katharina GoldMonday, January 26th, 4pm, "Grüner Salon"

Title of the dissertation:
Ein familien- und spieltherapeutisches Konzept für Kinder und Jugendliche vor und nach pädiatrischer Lebertransplantation an der Kinderuniklinik Ostbayern (KUNO)

(only available in German)

Frau Dipl.-Päd. Katharina Gold, eine externe Doktorandin am Lehrstuhl für Pädagogik III, verteidigt am 26. Januar 2015 ihre Dissertation „Ein familien- und spieltherapeutisches Konzept für Kinder und Jugendliche vor und nach pädiatrischer Lebertransplantation an der Kinderuniklinik Ostbayern (KUNO)“, die im Fach Pädagogik erstellt wurde. Zweitgutachter war Herr Professor Dr. med. Michael Melter, Direktor und Chefarzt der Klinik und Poliklinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin am Universitätsklinikum Regensburg.

Frau Gold legt mit ihrer Dissertation eine kumulative Arbeit vor, die theoretische, empirische und praktische Analysen zu pädagogischem bzw. therapeutischem Handeln in der Betreuung und Begleitung von Kindern und Jugendlichen vor und nach einer Lebertransplantation enthält. Eine Lebertransplantation führt aus medizinischer Sicht häufig zu einer beträchtlichen Verbesserung der Lebensqualität der Patientinnen und Patienten, stellt aber auch einen Eingriff dar, der große Auswirkungen auf die gesamte postoperative Lebensplanung hat. Dies ist insbesondere dann gravierend, wenn die Patientinnen und Patienten sich noch in der Entwicklung befinden, wenn also Lebensplanung und Identitätsbildung noch nicht konsolidiert sind. Bei Jugendlichen und insbesondere bei Kindern ist dies der Fall. Der chronische Krankheitsverlauf vor der Transplantation sowie die fortlaufenden Nachuntersuchungen nach der Transplantation führen dazu, dass sich der Lebensalltag der jungen Patientinnen und Patienten grundlegend ändert und dass manche zentralen Lebensziele – auch im sozialen Austausch mit Peers und in der Bildungslaufbahn – nicht mehr unverändert verfolgt werden können. Dies führt zu beträchtlichen Belastungen jenseits der medizinischen Aspekte, deren Bearbeitung von professioneller Hilfe profitieren kann. Frau Golds Anliegen ist es, mit ihren wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten zur Verbesserung solcher professioneller Hilfen beizutragen. Hierfür leistet sie sowohl theoretische Analysen als auch empirische Beiträge, die unmittelbar aus ihrer Arbeit als Spieltherapeutin in der Kinderuniklinik Ostbayern (KUNO) resultieren. Die meisten verwandten Arbeiten sind eher im Bereich der pädiatrischen Onkologie anzusiedeln; die Übertragung auf den Bereich der Bearbeitung von Entwicklungs- und Identitätsproblemen nach Lebertransplantation ist nicht trivial. Hierzu liegen im deutschsprachigen Raum noch kaum Studien vor, und auch die Anzahl internationaler Arbeiten ist vergleichsweise niedrig, da der medizinische Eingriff komplex ist und die Fallzahlen gering sind. Frau Golds Arbeit hat daher auch erkundenden und praxisbildenden Charakters. In ihren Studien ergänzen sich qualitative Erhebungsverfahren und quantitative Methoden, es werden die Patientinnen und Patienten, aber auch deren Eltern untersucht.

9/12/2014 - Double Degree students visit Finland

Double Degree students 2014

After studying for more than three months in Turku, the winter semester in Finland is slowly drawing to an end. Before Christmas, the four Regensburg Double Degree students of the Educational Science master’s programme will have finished the rest of their courses and will be flying back to their families. By now we think that Finland has given each of us very special and unique memories we can think back to. We were able to enjoy a very warm welcome at the university and in town by very friendly professors, teachers and students which have been helping us to settle down and supported us in our studies. Even though Finland does not have that many inhabitants we were shown that their character is very open and friendly. The courses offered at the university represent a very good complementation to the content Regensburg offers. Among other content like educational administration, intercultural comparison, multicultural education, skill acquisition etc., we got a deeper insight into the ideology, the methods and the persons who are the reason for Finland’s trendsetter role in education. In short we can say that there is more to a good educational system than PISA studies and good elementary school teachers. Staying on site and having the chance to experience this first-hand gives us new inspirations which are especially helpful when you study to work with people. Besides studying you can improve your English, Finnish (?) and social skills while enjoying cultural Finnish achievements like the sauna, ice-swimming, boat-trips and nature if you are up for that. Close destinations for excursions are Helsinki, Tallinn, cities in Russia, Stockholm, Lapland and of course different areas within Finland.

We would like to thank the universities of Turku and Regensburg for the possibility to study here and especially Karin Pöschko, Kathrin Engeßer and Anna Alasuutari for the individual support!

We had a great time here, Kiitos!

Susanne, Simone, Samira and Matthias

20/11/2014 - Professor Gruber entitled Visiting Professor of the University of Turku (Finland)

The Rector of the University of Turku, Kalervo Väänänen, has granted Professor Gruber the title of a Visiting Professor of the University of Turku (Finland). Date of issue was November 7th, 2014.

10/11/2014 - Keynote Talk at ICO International Fall School

On November 10th Prof. Dr. Hans Gruber gave a keynote talk about ‘Understanding expertise and its development’ at the ICO Fall School in Blankenberge, Belgium. ICO is the Interuniversity Centre for Educational Sciences in the Netherlands and Belgium. It is a research school in the domain of education and was established in 1988 with the aim of offering advanced courses to its PhD candidates in the Netherlands. At the moment educational institutes of thirteen universities in The Netherlands and Belgium participate in ICO. The ICO International Fall School is an international event for all PhD-students who do research in the domains of learning, instruction and/or education. The Department of Educational Science at the University of Regensburg collaborates as partner already for several years.

7/11/2014 - Invited Talk for Women in IP

On November 7th Dr. Helen Jossberger gave a presentation with the provocative title ‘Excellence: Striving is good, practice is better’ at the Clariant Innovation Centre in Frankfurt Höchst. She was invited by the female network of Women in IP to talk about excellence. Women in IP was started as an initiative to support women in a male dominated domain and foster networking and exchange. The meetings have an interdisciplinary character. In Frankfurt, three speakers with different professional backgrounds (patent attorney, psychologist, and medical doctor) approached the topic ‘excellence’ from various perspectives which resulted in fruitful discussions.

29/10/2014 - Candidate for habilitation

Helen Jossberger PhD was accepted as habilitation candidate by the Faculty of Psychology, Educational Science and Sport Science. In her research, she focusses on learning and professional development in vision-intensive professions with the purpose to study (social) learning processes, visual information processing, skill acquisition, knowledge restructuring, and expertise development in the context of training and professional practice in the workplace. As members of her Mentoring Committee, Prof. Dr. Hans Gruber (University of Regensburg, Department of Educational Science), Prof. Dr. Els Boshuizen (Welten Institute, Open Universiteit, The Netherlands), and Prof. Christian Stroszczynski MD (Director of the Department of Radiology, University Hospital Regensburg) were appointed. Date of issue was October 29th, 2014.

20/10/2014 - Disputation Alexandra Ott-Kroner

Alexandra Ott-KronerWednesday, October 22th, 9am, "Grüner Salon"

Title of the dissertation:
Online-Fortbildung an Bayerischen Behörden. Fortbildungsverhalten und das Verhältnis zu Computer, Internet und E-Learning bei Bediensteten an Bayerischen Behörden

Hans Gruber, Helmut Lukesch

Chair of the promotion committee:
Mark Greenlee

20/10/2014 - Disputation Ulrich W. M. Sauter

Ulrich SauterMonday, October 20th, 12am, PT 3.0.79, "Großer Sitzungssaal"

Title of the dissertation:
Entscheidungsverhalten im Controlling: Intuition als wichtige Komponente professioneller Expertise

Hans Gruber, Christian Harteis

Chair of the promotion committee:
Mark Greenlee

14/10/2014 - International Guest Professor

Els BoshuizenIn October and November, Prof. Dr. Els Boshuizen is visiting scholar at the chair. During her stay, she teaches a course with the title ‘Expertise, competence development and deliberate practice: the feasibility of potential curriculum solutions in different domains’. In this course, Bachelor students explore literature on expertise and competence development, and the role of self-direction and deliberate practice. Moreover, pre- and post-graduate curriculum solutions in several domains are analysed and communalities and differences per domain are discussed. Els Boshuizen is an expert in the field of expertise research and professional learning and development.

2/10/2014 - Dr. Monika Sagmeister appointed professor at DHBW

Monika SagmeisterMonika Sagmeister was appointed professor at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) as from September 1, 2014.

Monika Sagmeister was PhD student in our group. She received her PhD in February 2014, after submitting a dissertation entitled "Netzwerke in der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege. Umgang mit Veränderungen durch Vernetzung der Führungskräfte" (in German).

At the DHBW, Monika Sagmeister holds a professorship for Social Economy. In the Bachelor programme "Social Work", she is responsible for "Economy and Management of Social Work".

Link to Prof. Dr. Sagmeister's website.

11/9/2014 - Kick-off meeting of the new research project “Reading music: eye-movements and the development of expertise”

On Sept 8th/9th the new research project “Reading music: eye-movements and the development of expertise” had its kick-off meeting at the University of Turku, Finland. The project is organised as a consortium of the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Department of Music (Principal investigator: Erkki Huovinen), and of the University of Turku (Finland), Department of Teacher Education (Principal investigator: Hans Gruber). The consortium is funded by the Academy of Finland (about 700,000 €). It comprises three post-doc researcher positions (Marjaana Puurtinen, formerly Penttinen; Tarja-Riitta Hurme; Anna-Kaisa Ylitalo) and a number of PhD student positions. The research project is carried out in interdisciplinary collaboration; the consortium members have their background in systematic musicology (Huovinen), mathematical statistics (Ylitalo), expertise research and educational psychology (Gruber), eye-tracking research and music education (Penttinen), and meta-cognition (Hurme).

Music reading, i.e. the reading of musical notation, wields a huge influence over western musical culture, but as a visual process it is still relatively little understood. Our research consortium will focus on the eye-movements of music readers as indicators of developing musical expertise and cognitive skill. This requires studying visual processes in what is known as sight-reading (that is, reading ”prima vista”), but also in situations involving repeated rehearsal, and in silent reading where the reader uses the musical notation for other cognitive goals than performance. Our final aim is to present a comprehensive cognitive model that explains the temporal organization of music readers’ visual processing, accounting for how successful reading involves many factors beyond simple instrumental skill. Taking a leading role in this promising field of research requires an interdisciplinary approach involving systematic musicology, educational research, and statistics.

Finnish version

Hankkeen julkinen kuvaus

Nuottikirjoituksen lukemisella on valtava vaikutus länsimaisessa musiikkikulttuurissa, mutta visuaalisena prosessina sitä ei ymmärretä vielä kovin hyvin. Konsortiomme keskittyy tutkimaan nuotinlukijoiden silmänliikkeitä musiikillisen asiantuntijuuden kehityksen ja kognitiivisten taitojen näkökulmasta. Tämä edellyttää visuaalisten prosessien tutkimista ns. prima vista –lukemisessa (ensi silmäykseltä luettaessa), mutta myös harjoitustilanteissa toistuvan lukemisen yhteydessä sekä hiljaisessa lukemisessa, jossa nuottikuvaa käytetään soittamisen sijasta muihin tiedollisiin päämääriin. Tavoitteenamme on esittää kattava kognitiivinen malli, joka selittäisi nuotinlukijoiden visuaalisen prosessoinnin ajallisia ilmiötä ja ottaisi huomioon soittotaidon lisäksi myös monia muita tekijöitä, jotka edesauttavat onnistunutta nuotinlukua. Pyrkiminen tämän lupaavan tutkimusalan huipulle edellyttää monitieteistä näkökulmaa, jossa ovat mukana systemaattinen musiikkitiede, kasvatustiede ja tilastotiede.

Meeting participants (from left to right): Hans Gruber, Erkki Huovinen, Marjaana Puurtinen, Tarja-Riitta Hurme, Anna-Kaisa Ylitalo

Hans Gruber Erkki Huovinen Marjaana Puurtinen Tarja-Riitta Hurme Anna-Kaisa Ylitalo

2/9/2014 - 7th EARLI SIG 14 Conference

From 27-29 August 2014 the 7th EARLI SIG 14 conference took place in Oslo, Norway. Hans Gruber is one of the founding fathers of this SIG. This year, the conference theme was ‘Transformations in Knowledge and Professional Learning’. GRG was actively taking part with several paper and poster presentations about expertise development and workplace learning in diverse domains. Moreover, Helen Jossberger acted as discussant in a symposium with the title ‘How to investigate visual expertise development? Lessons learned’, which was organised by Thomas Jaarsma from the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands. The picture shows Åsa Mäkitalo during her keynote speech on Friday. It was an inspiring conference with great talks. If you want to know more about the programme, please visit the website.

Presentation Kainulainen

21/8/2014 - Presentation "Gestalten lehren - auf der Kippe?" (German)

(only available in German language)

Tagung und Lehrerfortbildung

mit Vorträgen, Diskussionsforen, Ausstellungen

am 27. und 28.November 2014 in Regensburg

Aktuelle und detaillierte Informationen unter www.gestalten.ur.de

Die Veranstaltung "Gestalten Lehren - auf der Kippe?" des Instituts für Kunsterziehung der Universität Regensburg fragt, was eine systematische Förderung des Gestaltens an Schulen, Hochschulen und Universitäten im Umfeld einer naturwissenschaftlich und medial geprägten Bildung leisten kann - auch in berufsvorbereitender Hinsicht.

Fachspezifische und interdisziplinäre Vorträge sollen aktuelle Positionen in der Kunstpädagogik und ihre Perspektiven aufzeigen.

Die Tagung mit begleitenden Ausstellungen bildet einen Auftakt zum länderübergreifenden Bundeskongress der Kunstpädagogik 2015 "Blinde Flecken der Kunstpädagogik" am Mozarteum Salzburg. Das Ziel ist die Formulierung von Postulaten für den Bundeskongress und die Entwicklung zukunftsgerichteter Ansätze für das Lehren und Lernen des Gestaltens im Fach Kunst.

Angesprochen sind Kunsterzieher, Wissenschaftler, Studierende, Künstler, Personen aus kreativen Berufen und Vertreter der Wirtschaft und Kultur aus der Region.

Download the Presentation Flyer

13/8/2014 - New BAföG site online

German news update for students:

Die Website bzgl. der BAföG-Leistungsbescheinigung nach ß 48 BAföG wurde überarbeitet. Sie finden nun alle relevanten Informationen auf der Website. Bitte lesen Sie die Inhalte sorgfältig, bevor Sie Anträge zur Leistungsbescheinigung einreichen.

11/8/2014 - Newly released: International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning

International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based LearningContent:

  • First comprehensive handbook comprising theoretical and empirical research on professional learning
  • Reports research on the individual development as well as on the embedding of practice
  • Covers diverse areas of professional practice occupational fields
  • Focussing on initial as well as ongoing development
  • Brings together the contributions of key international researchers

15/7/2014 - Presentation "Audience Response Systems in University teaching"

On Thursday, July 17th at 5 PM Prof. Dr. Mathias Klier and Dipl.-Päd. Klaus Rögner will give a presentation with following discussions on the topic "Audience Response Systems (ARS) in University teaching". Hear about experience in University practise, how you can increase interactivity and engage students within lectures and seminars.

Prof. Klier will share his experiences with the ARS "Pingo" and Klaus Rögner will talk about his promotion project "reAKTIV". Everybody interested can join the event for free.

Link to the press release and further information (in German)

14/7/2014 - Presentation of Master thesis

On Thursday, July 17th at 10 AM Mikko Kainulainen presents his Master thesis in PT 2.0.12. He is one of our Double Degree students and he will present his thesis in August at an international conference. Everybody interested can attend the presentation titled "The Development of Conceptual Knowledge of the Density of Rational Numbers" (Mikko Kainulainen, University of Turku, Jake McMullen, University of Turku, Erno Lehtinen, University of Turku).

Project abstract:

The learning of rational numbers has repeatedly been proved to be a process that requires considerable conceptual change. A longitudinal study is presented in which the early development of the understanding of the dense nature of rational numbers in 4th–6th grade students is investigated. The participants (n = 240) were tested in the beginning and in the end of their semester, through a rational numbers test that included questions about the density of fractions and decimals. Consistent with previous studies, the results showed that the idea of discrete numbers was very strong in the great majority of the participants. The results also showed significant difference between the different types of rational numbers (fractions and decimals) in the understanding of density. The conceptions of density were generally more advanced within decimals than within fractions. It is argued that the understanding of density with decimal numbers for many students appears to act as an important gateway towards a more complete understanding of density. These findings are interpreted in the framework of conceptual change and recent findings in the field of cognitive development.

Update: Picture of the presentation. (from left to right: Prof. Dr. Hans Gruber, Dr. Helen Jossberger, Mikko Kainulainen & Dr. Markus Nivala

Presentation Kainulainen

7/7/2014 - Introducing new Gruber Research Group project structure

Logo GRGToday the Gruber Research Group officially showcases its new project structure publicly. Comprised by several main projects and headed by a meta project, all research is devoted to one main scientific topic: The Acquisition of Expertise: Learning and Professional Development.

Each project is lead by one responsible member of the GRG core team.

To take a closer look at the several projects, please visit our new research site.

30/6/2014 - Prof. Gruber and Michael Scheumann at ProPEL

From June 25th to June 27th Prof. Dr. Hans Gruber and Michael Scheumann, M.A. visited the Second International ProPEL Conference at the University of Stirling, UK. The ProPEL conference promotes leading edge study in professional and vocational learning, practice and education - robust research that applies innovative methodologies and contemporary theories to examine pressing issues related to work practices, knowing, organising and professions today and for the future.

With both a paper and a poster presentation about the role of non-technical skills in emergency medicine, Michael Scheumann was able to introduce the chair's latest research concerning simulation learning to an international expert audience. You can download the poster here.

17/6/2014 - GRG in Bamberg Research Colloquium

Bamberg Research ColloquiumThe Gruber Research Group took part in a Research Colloquium in Bamberg on 13th and 14th of June. Members of the GRG gave the following presentations:

  • Klaus Rögner: reAKTIV - Interactivity in lectures
  • Michael Scheumann: Medical students fail to master non-technical skills relevant for advanced life support

The colloquium was organised by University of Bamberg and included researchers from University of Regensburg, University of Paderborn, University of Mannheim, University of Turku (Finland) and University of Leuven (Belgium)

6/6/2014 - Keynote Lecture at ICO Fall School

SMI RoadshowFrom November 10-14, 2014, the international networking conference for all PhD candidates in Educational Sciences will take place in Blankenberge, Belgium.

Prof. Dr. Hans Gruber will give a keynote lecture on Monday. Please find more information about the programme and registration on the homepage.

Download the Conference Flyer

6/6/2014 - Ringvorlesung: Sehen und Verstehen

SMI RoadshowCurrently, an interdisciplinary lecture series about Eye-Tracking in Sciences is taking place. On June 18th, 2014, Prof. Dr. Hans Gruber will give a presentation with the exciting title ‘How eye-tracking revolutionises the domain of learning and instruction’.

The lecture will be in H3 at 6 PM at the University of Regensburg. You are invited to join. Please find more information about the lecture series here.

5/6/2014 - DAAD Proposal approved

We are happy to announce that our proposal for the international Double Degree Master programme was approved by the DAAD. The Double Degree programme results from a strong and long-lasting good relationship between University of Regensburg and University of Turku. The funding will facilitate the activities in teaching and research for the forthcoming years.

26/5/2014 - SMI Roadshow in Regensburg

SMI RoadshowOn May 28th, the University of Regensburg is hosting the SMI roadshow. Are you interested in eye tracking? Find more information here and register for free (limited seating):

Link to registration website

Time of event: 4:30 PM to 6 PM

Location: H3

20/5/2014 - Guest Lecture Prof. Dr. Paul Kirschner

Paul KirschnerOn Thursday, May 22nd 2014, Prof. Kirschner presents a lecture entitled „Science laboratories in higher science education: Why and how?“ at the University of Regensburg (H38, 1pm). He presents the Commemorative Speech at the Opening of the “Lernforschungslabor Didaktik der Physik”.

Prof. Kirschner is full professor of Educational Psychology at the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL). He is Director of the Learning in Effective, Efficient and Enjoyable Environments (L4E) programme of the Welten Institute, Research Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology. For a long time, Prof. Kirschner is an important co-operation partner of the Chair both in terms of research and of education. Through the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) the co-operation has led to many interesting initiatives. In 2013, together with Halszka Jarodzka and Ladislao Salmerón (University of Valencia, Spain), Paul Kirschner and Hans Gruber jointly initiated the foundation of a new Special Interest Group “Online Measures of Learning Processes” within the EARLI. The shared interests in educational research using eye-tracking methodology are part of the SIG activities.

20/5/2014 - Guest Lecture Prof. Dr. Eckart Altenmüller

Eckart AltenmüllerOn Tuesday, May 20th 2014, Prof. Altenmüller presents a lecture entitled „Apollos Gabe: Wirkung von Musikerziehung auf Denken und Fühlen“ at the University of Regensburg (H4, 6pm).

Prof. Altenmüller holds a Master’s degree in Classical flute, and a MD and PhD degree in Neurology and Neurophysiology. Since 1994 he is chair and director of the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. His research focusses on the neurobiology of emotions and movement disorders in musicians as well as motor and sensory learning. He also works on music expertise and related functional and structural brain changes. During the last ten years, he received 18 grants from the German Research Society (DFG). Since 2005 he has been acting as Vice-President and President of the German Society of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine. He is member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Altenmüller provides advice to the chair’s research group on forthcoming research projects using eye-tracking to investigate music experts’ performance.

19/5/2014 - Commemorative Speech at the University of Augsburg

Prof. Gruber was invited to present the Commemorative Speech at the Opening of the Centre for Teacher Education and Interdisciplinary Educational Research (“Zentrum für LehrerInnenbildung und interdisziplinäre Bildungsforschung”) at the University of Augsburg. He held his presentation entitled “Eckpunkte einer innovativen LehrerInnenbildung” on May 15th 2014.

The President of the University of Augsburg, Prof. Dr. Sabine Doering-Manteuffel chaired the ceremonial act, which was attended by the Vice-President Prof. Dr. Werner Schneider, the Executive Director of the Centre, Prof. Dr. Leonie Herwartz-Emden, and many guests of honour.

Augsburg Prof. Doering-Manteuffel

President of the University of Augsburg, Prof. Dr. Doering-Manteuffel

Augsburg Prof. Gruber

Prof. Dr. Gruber speaking

14/4/2014 - Short visit of Prof. Erno Lehtinen

Erno LehtinenIn line with Markus Hirschmann's dissertation Erno Lehtinen on Monday, April 14th, visited our chair. As second advisor of the dissertation he was part of the examination board at Mr. Hirschmann's disputation.

We're looking forward to his next visit.

2/4/2014 - Disputation Stefanie Hetzner

Stefanie HetznerStefanie Hetzner will defend her dissertation on Wednesday, April 16th. Her dissertation has the title "Workplace Learning".

Everyone interested can join her thesis defense at 12:00 AM in H25 (Vielberth Building).

Information about the dissertation:
Link to the project's website

2/4/2014 - Disputation Markus Hirschmann

Markus HirschmannMarkus Hirschmann will have his disputation on Monday, April 14th. His dissertation has the title "Professional Learning of Doctoral Students – Relevance of Participation in the Scientific Community".

Everyone interested can join his thesis defense at 10:00 AM in H25 (Vielberth Building).

Dissertation abstract:
Doing a doctorate contains several issues of (workplace) learning and professional development. Most of these learning processes are implicit, informal, and occur in social practice. Based on social learning theories, doctoral students are able to learn domain specific codes, rules, and norms by participating in the scientific community. The community generates a meaningful learning environment. Consequently, doctoral students are socialised by and enculturated into the scientific community. Although, there are some studies about the motivation or the supervisory relationship of doctoral students, we know only less about the students’ professional learning. The social network approach helps us to analyse the learning processes as well as the professional development of doctoral students from a social perspective. Thus, the purpose is to explore professional learning of doctoral students. We conduct two qualitative studies to investigate learning challenges during a doctorate, how doctoral students cope with them, and how they learn. We use ego networks to analysis the structure of doctoral students’ networks to other important people during the doctorate. We try to investigate how these networks are used for the doctoral students’ own professional development.

3/3/2014 - New to the chair: Dr. Markus Nivala

In March 2014 the Faculty of Psychology, Educational Science and Sport Science welcomed a new staff member. Dr. Markus Nivala now supports the Chair for Educational Science III in the fields of teaching and scientific function.

Markus Nivala has worked as a researcher since 2007 in the Centre for Learning Research at the University of Turku, Finland. So far his research has dealt mainly with medical education, development of expertise and educational technology, but during his stay in Regensburg he hopes to also explore other domains of expertise research and eye-tracking methodology.

19/2/2014 - Workshops „Caiman 2.0“ & „Basic knowledge about film design“

Prof. Dr. Michael Henninger from the Weingarten University of Education visited the University of Regensburg at January 9th, 2014. He hosted the „Caiman 2.0“ workshop approaching video-based learning applications. Many interested university members as well as students took this chance to get a closer look at creating a video-based learning application and to work with the related e-learning environment called „mbase/d“.

In addition to Prof. Dr. Michael Henninger’s workshop „Caiman 2.0“ Michael Scheumann visited the workshop „Basic knowledge about film design“ at the Weingarten University of Education. Concerning the creation of video-based learning applications this workshop provided precious information about the didactical reasonable use of camera angles, settings and moves together with lighting, colour and audio.

Download Info flyer.

13/2/2014 - International visit: Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmid

Christoph SchmidFrom February until the end of April, Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmid (PH Zurich) visits our research group. He is full professor for Educational Science and director of the department ‘Development and vocational identity’.

Please follow this link if you like to receive more information about Prof. Schmid.

12/2/2014 - Joint book project with Prof. Dr. Christian Harteis

Christian HarteisProf. Dr. Christian Harteis visits our research group from February 17th to 21st to work together with Prof. Dr. Hans Gruber on a joint book project about the educational impact on expertise, in which they discuss the interplay between individual development and the organisation of professional life.

You can find the preface here.

10/2/2014 - Disputation Monika Sagmeister

Monika SagmeisterMonika Sagmeister will have her disputation on Monday, February 17th. Her dissertation has the title "Promotion of Dealing with Changes in the Public Welfare".

Everyone interested can join her thesis defense at 10:00 AM in H25 (Vielberth Building).

Dissertation abstract:
Based on the current and future changes in the public welfare sector, it is examined whether and under which conditions learning in networks is an appropriate means to deal with these changes effectively.

3/2/2014 - Assistant Editor of ERR

ERR CoverIn January 2014, Helen Jossberger, Ph.D., took up her role as assistant editor for the international journal Educational Research Review (ERR).

Please follow the link if you like to receive more information about the journal: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/educational-research-review

11/11/2013 - Scientific Board Meeting

The scientific members of Prof. Dr. Gruber's chair gathered in cloister Kostenz from November 6th -7th. The aim of the meeting was to set a new agenda for the future direction of the chair.

The core research areas were identified and defined and the responsible person and partners were made visible. A strategic plan was developed to connect the ongoing projects (Bachelor, Master, PhD) more thoroughly with the main research areas the chair focusses on. The main research projects are Interactive Learning (Klaus Rögner), Social Networks (Markus Hirschmann), Simulation Learning (Michael Scheumann), Visual Information Processing in Professional Practice (Helen Jossberger), Expertise in Creative Domains (Helen Jossberger), and Ethical Issues of Expertise and Professional Learning (Hans Gruber). All these research projects are closely related to learning and professional development.

If you are interested in one of our themes, please do not hesitate to contact us.

18/9/2013 - Hans Gruber awarded "Senior Fellow (Vanhempi asiantuntija) at the Faculty of Education, University Turku"

For the period of 1 Sept 2013 to 31 Aug 2018, Hans Gruber was granted the title "Senior Fellow (Vanhempi asiantuntija) at the Faculty of Education, University Turku, Finland". The Dean of the Faculty of Education, prof Marja Vauras, writes: "The title of Senior Fellow is an honorary title that can be awarded to a person who is academically especially distinguished and has such expertise that expands the knowledge of the university. Your experience strengthens the Faculty's experience in the research in learning, professional development and expertise. (...) This has resulted in accepted research funding proposals, international publications and more international research environment at the department."

9/9/2013 - Our group at the EARLI

RWL Stirling 2013From 27-31 August 2013 the EARLI 2013 conference – 15th Biennial European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Conference – starting with the JURE pre-conference (26-27 August 2013) took place in Munich, Germany. The EARLI is the largest conference in Europe in the field of instructional and educational research. Together with our colleagues from Regensburg our research group attended both conferences and participated in several session. At JURE pre-conference our research group participated in three sessions and at the EARLI conference in four sessions.

You can find detailed information on our conference contributions in our conference flyer.

5/9/2013 - Helen Jossberger at the ECEM

From 11-16 August 2013 the ECEM – 17th European Conference on Eye Movements – took place in Lund, Sweden. The ECEM is the world’s largest conference on eye movement research offering a programme with much innovative and interesting research in diverse domains. Helen Jossberger, Ph.D., attended the conference and participated in a symposium on ‘Visual Expertise in Medicine’.

More information can be found here.

3/9/2013 - Visits to the group

RWL Stirling 2013 RWL Stirling 2013

Professor Stephen Billett (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia) and Professor Christian Harteis (University Paderborn, Germany) visited our research group. Profs Billett, Harteis, and Gruber are the editors of the Springer International Handbook of Research in Professional Practice-Based Learning.

The handbook is scheduled to be published in 2014. The meeting served the purpose to finalise the manuscript.

29/8/2013 - Prof. Gruber President-elect of EARLI

Prof. Hans Gruber was elected President-elect of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). EARLI is a scientific community with a broad mission to promote an active research culture in the field of learning and instruction. EARLI has developed through sustained initiative, shared values and commitment to promote the ongoing development and use of reliable knowledge on all aspects of teaching and learning, ranging from motivation to learning processes and metacognition, to teaching in diverse contexts and teacher education. EARLI pursues academic rigour as a value that defines the quality of both the procedures and the research outcomes that are reported within the community. EARLI has about 2700 members from 56 countries.

28/8/2013 - Helen Jossberger Assistant Editor of ERR

Helen Jossberger, Ph.D., was appointed as Assistant Editor of the Educational Research Review (ERR) 2014-2018. ERR is an international journal addressed to researchers and various agencies interested in the review of studies and theoretical papers in education at any level. In the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports the ERR is ranked 8th in the worldwide list of 216 journals in the field of Educational Science and Educational Psychology. David Gijbels (University of Antwerp, Belgium) was appointed Editor-in-Chief of ERR.

26/8/2013 - New to the chair: Michael Scheumann, M.A.

In August 2013 the Faculty of Psychology, Educational Science and Sport Science welcomed a new staff member. After completing his studies (M.A. Educational Science) at the University of Regensburg in late summer of 2012 Michael Scheumann now supports the Chair for Educational Science III in the fields of teaching and scientific function.

Currently there’s a research cooperation among the Chair for Educational Science III and the Chair for Anesthesiology (Prof. Dr. Graf and PD Dr. Zausig) at the University Hospital of Regensburg. It’s aim is to optimize the actual cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for medical students, focusing non-technical skills such as communication, resource management, leadership and the capacity for teamwork. These skills have proved to have a positive impact on CPRs. Based on this multi-year project several master theses have already been composed. Further theses and especially papers for professional journals are about to follow .

15/7/2013 - Educational equality - a debate

(Only available in German language)
Im Rahmen des interdisziplinären Seminar "Bildungsethik" (Professor Dr. Bernhard Laux, Dr. Bernhard Bleyer, Theologische Anthropologie und Werteorientierung; Professor Dr. Hans Gruber, Lehr-Lern-Forschung) fand am 10. Juli 2013 im voll besetzten Großen Sitzungssaal des PT-Gebäudes eine Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema Bildungsgerechtigkeit statt. Die Debatte war Teil der landesweiten Ringvorlesung "Verantwortung leben. Ethik der gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung" im Wertebündnis Bayern. Als Diskutanten waren Herr Professor Dr. Guido Pollak (Universität Passau), Herr Max Schmidt (Vorsitzender des Bayerischen Philologenverbandes) und Studierende des Lehramtes Katholische Theologie und der Erziehungswissenschaft (Sebastian Koch, Johanna Pretzl, Eva-Maria Schmidt, Andreas Widmann) beteiligt. Im Publikum befanden sich eine Schulklasse des Gymnasiums Pfaffenhofen sowie mehrere Schulleiter/innen, aber auch Professor/inn/en verschiedener Fakultäten der Universität. Es wurde deutlich, dass Bildungsgerechtigkeit ein wichtiges, vielschichtiges Thema ist, dem sich Universität, Schule und Arbeitswelt ausdrücklich widmen müssen, um Bildung den angemessenen Stellenwert beizumessen. Hierfür ist eine Ausweitung der ethischen Reflexion der Beteiligten notwendig.

Here you can download the poster (German).

Hier können Sie die download the announcement (German).

9/7/2013 - reAKTIV at the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Together with Prof. Dr. Oliver Reiser (Chair for Organic Chemistry) Klaus Rögner represented the University of Regensburg at the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting with an information booth.

In a presentation, developed solely for this event, interactive components of reAKTIV where integrated into the presentation of chemical faculties. Thereby the over 800 participants from all over the world could take part in interactive Questions with the help of their own mobile devices (like smartphones and tablets) or make use of the equipment provided at the booth. With that, the practical use of reAKTIV in lectures was illustrated and the visitors could test their chemical knowledge on the basis of faculty-specific quiz questions.

The Bavarian Minister for Science, Research and Arts, Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch, wouldn't have missed the chance to visit the booth and to be informed by Prof. Reiser about the project.

1/7/2013 - RWL 2013 Stirling

RWL Stirling 2013

Prof. Dr. Gruber took part in RWL (Researching Work and Learning) from June 19th to 21st of 2013 in Stirling.

Here he presented a poster (Hirschmann/Gruber; see below), as well as a paper (Mulder/Rupprecht/Gruber) together with Prof. Dr. Mulder.

(Photo shows from left: Prof. Hans Gruber/Regensburg, Germany, Prof. Regina Mulder/Regensburg, Germany, Prof. Monika Nerland/Oslo, Norway)

Here you can download the presented poster:
Hirschmann, M., & Gruber, H. (2013, June). Professional Learning of Doctoral Students in Scientific Networks. Poster presented at the 8th International Conference on Research Work and Learning (RWL), 19-21 June 2013, Stirling (Scotland)..

18/6/2013 - Blockkurs Theologie/Pädagogik

Katholische Jugendfürsorge

Take educators of the next generation on „inclusion course“.

(Press release, not translated)

Eine aktuell entscheidende bildungspolitische Herausforderung stellt die Inklusion, die gleichberechtigte Teilhabe aller Menschen am Leben der Gesellschaft dar. Bildung ist darin ein wesentlicher Bestandteil. Wie soll das inklusive Bildungssystem aussehen? Wird in den meist bildungsstrukturellen Diskussionen auch das Profil der zukünftigen „Inklusions-Padägogen“ an Regelschulen diskutiert oder geht es nur um die Antwort der polemischen Frage: Abschaffung der Förderschulen ja oder nein? Sollte stattdessen nicht gefragt werden: Was können, oder besser: müssen die Lehrkräfte im Regelschulsystem von ihren Kollegen in den Förderzentren, den „Inklusions-Experten“ lernen, damit sie die Schülern mit besonderem Förderbedarf auch bestmöglich fördern?

(Excerpt from the press release)

Blockkurs Theologie/Pädagogik

Here you can download the whole press release (in German).

6/5/2013 - Prof. Dr. Gruber speaker for the Head of Institute

Because of the withdrawal of Prof. Dr. Stöger on May 6th, 2013 Prof. Gruber, up until then acting speaker, took over the role of speaker for the Head of Institute for Educational Science.

6/5/2013 - Doctoral candidate meeting at the convent Plankstetten

Convent Plankstetten

Together with the Chairs for Educational Science I & II, as well as the Chair for School Pedagogics the professors Regina Mulder, Klaus-Peter Wild, Hans Gruber and Heidrun Stöger from May 2nd til 4th 2013 invited to a meeting, where 26 doctoral candidates of all chairs took part.

Opened by a workshop held by Prof. Dr. Gruber with the topic Academic Writing, the next days presentation and review sessions of the seperate dissertation projects followed. The doctoral candidates were able to ask for feedback as well as to get some in roundtable discussions.

All participants gave a positive summary and were extremely satisfied with the structural design, the professional discussions and not least with the personal interaction between the participants. Holding a further meeting has been set for the next year.

29/4/2013 - Invited talk by Prof. Dr. Michael Henninger

Prof. Dr. Michael Henninger

On Thursday, May 2 (12-2 pm), Prof. Dr. Michael Henninger from PH Weingarten will give a talk about the relevance of communication in medical education and in the workplace. He will introduce the programmes CaiMan and mBased and explain conception, development, and implementation.

More information about his research can be found on the homepage (http://www.md-phw.de/site/henninger.html).

If you like to join his presentation, please contact Dr. Helen Jossberger for further information.

29/4/2013 - Funding for international scholar approved

We are happy to announce that the funding we applied for at the beginning of the year to invite an international scholar was approved. During the winter term (2013/2014) Academy Professor Erno Lehtinen from Turku (Finland) will be in Regensburg.

He will offer two courses. One course deals with ‘Research Traditions in Learning and Development’ and in the other course insights into ‘Long-term Development of Number Concept’ are provided. We look forward to the visit and inspiring courses.

20/3/2013 - reAKTIV at the conference "Gute Lehre - gesucht und geteilt"

On March 18th and 19th, at the invitation of Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft the conference "Gute Lehre - gesucht und geteilt" ["Good teaching - searched and shared"] took place in Berlin. There, Klaus Rögner represented the cooperative project reAKTIV, in which the chairs for Organic Chemistry of Prof. Dr. Oliver Reiser and Prof. Dr. Burkhard König, as well as the chair for Educational Science III of Prof. Dr. Hans Gruber and the chair for school pedagogics of Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stöger are involved.

As director of studies of reAKTIV, Mr. Rögner first presented the project in a poster session, where the initiative was well received, as well as afterwards in a workshop themed "Teaching and learning in big groups". You can find info material at www.reaktiv-chemie.de and information about the conference can be read at the website of Stifterverband.

15/3/2013 - Erasmus Teacher Mobility: Visit in Turku

In March, Markus Hirschmann and Helen Jossberger participated in the Erasmus Teacher Mobility Programme. They were involved in a course on workplace learning, in which they provided interactive sessions for international Master students at the University of Turku, Finland. Markus Hirschmann provided a session on cognitive and socio-cultural theories of learning in the workplace, while Helen Jossberger talked about the role of self-regulated learning in vocational education and the workplace. Moreover, the stay in Turku was used to discuss research ideas and collaborate with colleagues at Turku University.

14/3/2013 - Lund Eye Tracking Academy (LETA)

In February, Helen Jossberger attended the Lund Eye Tracking Academy (LETA) at the Lund University Humanities Laboratory in Sweden, which is an intensive three days course in eye tracking. The course provides theoretical understanding and practical advice with hands-on activities on how to design an experiment, how to record high-quality data, and how to analyse the collected data. Please find more information on this website.

26/2/2013 - Consulting teachers in school: More educational-psychological knowledge necessary

(only available in german)

Prüfungsangst, Drogenprobleme, Mobbing und vieles mehr: Beratungslehrer an einer Schule kümmern sich um eine Reihe von Themen, die Offenheit und Vertrauen erfordern. Im Falle der Beratung übernehmen sie eine andere Rolle als im Unterricht, für den sie in Studium und Referendariat ausgebildet wurden. Sind Beratungslehrer ihrem Job vor diesem Hintergrund wirklich gewachsen? Welche Unterschiede bestehen zwischen ihnen und professionellen Erziehungsberatern oder Schulpsychologen? Forscher der Universität Regensburg haben sich mit diesen Fragen beschäftigt. Ihre Ergebnisse legen nahe, dass grundlegendes pädagogisch-psychologisches Wissen für die schulische Beratungspraxis systematisch erarbeitet werden sollte.

Prof. Dr. Hans Gruber vom Institut für Pädagogik der Universität Regensburg führte gemeinsam mit Dr. Josef Strasser (jetzt Universität Augsburg) eine Studie durch, bei der erfahrene Beratungslehrer mit professionellen Beratern – Erziehungsberater unterschiedlicher Erfahrungsstufen – während der Bearbeitung eines Beratungsfalles miteinander verglichen wurden. Insgesamt 16 Lehrerinnen und Lehrer sowie 65 professionelle Berater nahmen an der Studie teil.

Der fiktive Beratungsfall wurde am Computer präsentiert. Die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer an der Studie wurden mit Blick auf die jeweils entwickelten Lösungsmodelle und Herangehensweisen bewertet. Die Ergebnisse zeigen, dass sich professionelle Erziehungsberater – unabhängig vom Grad ihrer beruflichen Erfahrung – in mehreren Bereichen deutlich von Beratungslehrern unterscheiden. Auffallend waren vor allen Dingen Defizite der Beratungslehrer bei der Falldiagnostik. Gleichzeitig zeigte sich aber, dass Beratungslehrer eine eigene Form von Fachwissen aufbauen und im Verlauf ihrer Entwicklung in einigen Aspekten durchaus zu ähnlichen Lösungsansätzen und Vorgehensweisen kommen wie hauptberufliche Berater.

Bislang werden Beratungslehrer vor allen Dingen in Gesprächsführung, im Umgang mit pubertärem Verhalten oder mit Blick auf unterschiedliche Formen der Lernschwäche geschult. Nach Ansicht der Regensburger Wissenschaftler sollten künftig gerade auch die Fertigkeiten der Urteilsbildung von Beratungslehrern – beispielsweise Methoden der Diagnostik – verstärkt trainiert werden.

Die Ergebnisse der Regensburger Wissenschaftler werden in der renommierten Fachzeitschrift „Empirische Pädagogik“ veröffentlicht.

Der Originaltitel des Aufsatzes:
Strasser, J. & Gruber, H. (in Druck), Beratung in der Schule – ein vernachlässigter Teil im Bild des „Lehrers als Experte“. In „Empirische Pädagogik“.

Link to the press release of the university

Link to the article in Wochenblatt

21/2/2013 - SIG 14 Invited Symposium at EARLI 2013

As junior coordinator of SIG 14 Professional Learning and Development, Helen Jossberger submitted the SIG invited symposium for EARLI 2013. The symposium will be about methodological diversity in investigating Workplace Learning. Jeroen van Merriënboer, Anneli Eteläpelto, and Lorna Unwin will present their exciting research on workplace learning approaching the topic from different methodological perspectives. Sven de Maeyer and Nigel King act as discussants and will critically discuss the state of the art and opportunities for future research. The session will be chaired by Helen Jossberger. Please find all necessary information about EARLI 2013 on the conference website.

30/1/2013 - Internationalization of universities

In line with „Internationalization of universities" two applications for support were applied by our chair. To promote our integrated international Master Studies with a double degree an application with "Deutschen Akademischen Austausch Dienst" (DAAD) was filed.

Furthermore the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts is assigning subsidies for acquiring visiting professors. With the approval of our application we may welcome Academy Professor Erno Lehtinen from Turku (Finnland) in Regensburg in the next winter term (2013/2014).

29/1/2013 - New intranet appearance of the chair

At last: After months of planning and restructering the new intranet appearance of Prof. Dr. Gruber's chair is online now.

In cooperation of all chair employees it was tried to create a new, more clearly-arranged structure to give visitors a comprehensive overview of the chair's activities and at the same time allow a simpler and more logical navigation.

We hope to have reached that goal and wish all guests much pleasure and information.

27/9/2012 - Office hours during winter term

Professor Gruber is on sabbatical from 10/01/2012 to 03/31/2013. Right now Mr. Gruber is guest professor at the School of Education of the University of Salzburg (Austria).

Therefore there are NO office hours during winter term 2012/2013 with Prof. Gruber. Having questions you can refer to the office hours of Mr. Hirschmann or Mrs. Dr. Jossberger, every Tuesday 10-11 AM.

24/4/2012 - Prof. Dr. Henninger zu Gast am Lehrstuhl

Prof. Dr. Michael Henninger

Bereits zum zweiten Mal innerhalb weniger Wochen ist Prof. Dr. Michael Henninger zu Gast am Lehrstuhl (derzeit Direktor des Zentrums für Lernen mit Digitalen Medien und Leiter des Studiengangs Medien- und Bildungsmanagement an der Pädagogischen Hochschule Weingarten). Hintergrund des Besuchs ist eine geplante Kooperation zwischen dem Universitätsklinikum Regensburg, der Universität Regensburg sowie der Pädagogischen Hochschule Weingarten. Hierbei steht die Entwicklung und Untersuchung hybrider Lehr-Lernszenarien für Mediziner im Fokus.
Diese Szenarien beinhalten Präsenzformate (Seminare, Beratung), Selbstlernformate (Semantische Videos) und hybride Formate (Kombination der vorgenannten Formate).

Einen umfangreichen Einblick in eine von Prof. Dr. Henninger und seiner Arbeitsgruppe entwickelte webbasierte Lernumgebung (CaiManOnLine©), die im Rahmen von Kommunikationstrainings eingesetzt wird, findet sich unter caimanonline.de 

Weitere Informationen zu Prof. Dr. Henninger finden Sie hier

11/4/2012 - Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern

Prof. Dr. Hans Gruber ist Mitglied der Programmkommission der Virtuellen Hochschule Bayern.

Programmkommission VHB

Die Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern (vhb) fördert und koordiniert die Entwicklung und den Einsatz von bedarfsgerechten Online-Lehrangeboten an den bayerischen Hochschulen.

Ortsunabhängig und zeitlich flexibel haben die Nutzer der vhb Zugriff auf qualitativ hochwertige multimediale Lehrangebote der bayerischen Hochschulen.

An den Präsenzhochschulen führt die Integration der Online-Lehre in das Studium zu einer positiven Rückwirkung auf die Wissensvermittlung.

Hier der Link zur VHB

7/3/2012 - Neu am Lehrstuhl: Dipl.-Päd. Klaus Rögner

Im März hieß die Fakultät für Psychologie, Pädagogik und Sportwissenschaft einen neuen Mitarbeiter herzlich willkommen. Nach Beendigung seines Studiums (Diplompädagogik mit Fachrichtung Medien) im Frühjahr 2011 unterstützt Klaus Rögner nun den Lehrstuhl für Pädagogik III als wissenschaftlicher Projektmitarbeiter.

Derzeit wird im Rahmen einer Forschungskooperation mit dem Institut für organische Chemie (Prof. Dr. Reiser und Prof. Dr. König) und dem Institut für Pädagogik (Prof. Dr. Gruber und Prof. Dr. Stöger) das Projekt „">Reaktiv: Interaktivität in Lehrveranstaltungen – lokal und remote“ erarbeitet. Während der Projektlaufzeit von 18 Monaten sollen die Bedeutung von Feedback und interaktiven Elementen im Rahmen von Vorlesungen erforscht werden. Klaus Rögner wird im Rahmen dieses Projekts sein Promotionsvorhaben umsetzen.

Sehen Sie dazu auch die Pressemitteilung der Universität Regensburg

1/2/2012 - Prof. Dr. Oser zu Gast am Lehrstuhl

Prof. Dr. Oser

Im Rahmen der interdisziplinären Blockveranstaltung „Werte bilden. Grundlagen und empirische Erfassung ethischen Lernens“ stand die Frage zentral wie ethisches Lernen in der Konzeption von handlungsorientierter Bildung funktionieren kann.

Der Vortrag von Herr Prof. Dr. F. Oser (Universität Freiburg, Schweiz) trug den provokanten Titel

"Lieber Gauner sein, als doof:  Von der Lust das moralische Leiden zu umgehen und Zwiespältiges politisch zu rechtfertigen.".

13/2/2012 - Neu am Lehrstuhl: M.A. Andreas Wittmann

Anfang Februar hieß die Fakultät für Psychologie, Pädagogik und Sportwissenschaft einen neuen Mitarbeiter herzlich willkommen. Nach Beendigung seines Studiums (M.A. Educational Science) im Spätsommer 2011 unterstützt Andreas Wittmann nun den Lehrstuhl für Pädagogik III im Bereich der Lehre sowie wissenschaftlicher Tätigkeiten.

Derzeit wird im Rahmen einer Forschungskooperation mit dem Lehrstuhl für Anästhesiologie des Universitätsklinikums Regensburg (Prof. Dr. Graf und PD Dr. Zausig) eine Optimierung des dortigen Reanimationstrainings für Medizinstudierende angestrebt. Dabei liegt der Fokus in erster Linie auf die zusätzliche Vermittlung von Fähigkeiten, die außerhalb der primären medizinischen und technischen Fertigkeiten liegen. So wirkt sich die Ausprägung von Führungs- und Teamfähigkeit sowie eine effektive und klare Kommunikation positiv auf die Qualität durchgeführter Reanimationen aus. Aus diesem mehrjährigen Projekt konnten bereits erste Studienabschlussarbeiten gewonnen werden, weitere Masterarbeiten und Veröffentlichungen in medizinischen Fachzeitschriften sind in Planung.

1/2/2012 - Prof. Dr. Nunner-Winkler zu Gast am Lehrstuhl

Prof. Dr. Nunner-Winkler

Im Rahmen der interdisziplinären Blockveranstaltung „Werte bilden. Grundlagen und empirische Erfassung ethischen Lernens“ stand die Frage zentral wie ethisches Lernen in der Konzeption von handlungsorientierter Bildung funktionieren kann.

Frau Prof. Dr. G. Nunner-Winkler (Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften, München) hat zur Moralischen Entwicklung bei Kindern und Jugendlichen referiert.

Einiges zu diesem Thema können Sie auch in der Neuen Züricher Zeitung nachlesen: http://www.nzz.ch/2006/12/10/ws/articleEPZ6N.html

12/12/2011 - Fellowship für Innovationen in der Hochschullehre

Die Universität erhält vom Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft ein „Fellowship für Innovationen in der Hochschullehre“ in Höhe von 50.000 Euro. Das Projekt wird von den beiden Chemikern Prof. Dr. Burkhard König und Prof. Dr. Oliver Reiser gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Hans Gruber und Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stöger vom Institut für Pädagogik betreut. Die Regensburger Initiative verbindet damit Naturwissenschaften mit Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften zu einem innovativen Konzept für die universitäre Lehre.

Sehen Sie dazu auch die Pressemitteilung der Universität Regensburg

24/11/2011 - Besuch aus Finnland

Am Mittwoch, den 30. November, ist Mirjamaija Mikkilä-Erdmann von der Universität Turku zu Besuch in Regensburg. Um 10.30 Uhr präsentiert sie ihr aktuelles Projekt:

Challenges in learning of medical expertise: development of conceptual comprehension and clinical reasoning skills.

Die Präsentation findet in VG 0.04 statt. Interessierte sind herzlich willkommen. Bitte melden Sie sich bei Helen Jossberger an (helen.jossberger@ur.de).

  1. Faculty of Psychology, Educational Science
    and Sport Science
  2. Department of Educational Science