Individual and Social Influences on Professional Learning

Supporting the Acquisition and Maintenance of Expertise

  • Hans Gruber
  • Christian Harteis

Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Hans Gruber, Christian Harteis
    Pages 1-13
  3. Hans Gruber, Christian Harteis
    Pages 15-29
  4. Hans Gruber, Christian Harteis
    Pages 31-69
  5. Hans Gruber, Christian Harteis
    Pages 71-85
  6. Hans Gruber, Christian Harteis
    Pages 115-151
  7. Hans Gruber, Christian Harteis
    Pages 153-171
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 173-218

About this book


This book examines professional learning and relates it to the acquisition of expertise, and the influence of individuals. Professional learning, as discussed in the book, comprises all kinds of occupational domains because employment and paid work usually follow the achievement principle, i.e. workers are expected to perform efficiently. The book suggests that the perspective of expertise research is an appropriate lens to use for gaining insight in how individuals can be prepared and enabled to autonomously master the requirements of daily working life. Expertise is understood as the capacity to reliably perform on an extraordinary level, and the basic assumption is that experts are best prepared to successfully cope with future challenges at workplaces. The book comprehensively discusses issues of expertise research and explores the nature of a successful individual and an impeded individual. It proposes an integrated model of individual and social components of expertise development, the i-PPP model. The model provides insight in and an understanding of how individuals can be enabled to develop and maintain professional expertise in the context of daily work.

Across all paradigms, researchers, policy-makers, employers and trade unionists agree that working conditions undergo permanent change through economic, societal, and technological developments. Recently, the digitalisation of (working) life became a hot topic of scientific and societal discourses. Workplaces, thus, provide challenges for individuals who have to be able to cope with workplace changes. Accordingly, new challenges emerge for an adequate understanding of learning for work as well as learning during work.


professional learning workplace learning digitalization of working life expertise research i-PPP acquisition of expertise creating professional communities workplace learning research maintenance of expertise

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans Gruber
    • 1
  • Christian Harteis
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Educational ScienceUniversity of RegensburgRegensburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Educational SciencePaderborn UniversityPaderbornGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-97039-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-97041-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2210-5549
  • Series Online ISSN 2210-5557
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