Heinz Neber

Prof. Dr. Heinz Neber has received degrees in education, and psychology. Currently, he teaches classes in Educational Psychology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, and at the University of Munich. Publications (selection): author of more than 50 publications (books, chapters, and peer-reviewed articles in journals). E. g. as author and editor: Learning by Discovery (1982, 3rd ed.); Self-directed Learning (1979); and Applied Problem-Solving Psychology (1987). Articles – e.g.: Usable knowledge by conditionalized and functionalized technical explanations (2000); Self-regulated science learning with highly gifted students: the role of cognitive, motivational, epistemological, and environmental variables (co-author M. Schommer-Aikins, 2002); Evaluation of a summer school program for highly gifted secondary-school students (co-author K. A. Heller, 2002); Epistemic questions: Fostering knowledge-generation by the students (Korea Journal of Thinking & Problem Solving, 2009); Chinese high school students in physics classrooms as active, self-regulated learners (International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008). Research: A major research area is learning and instruction with special consideration on active knowledge acquisition. In collaboration with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Munich, a project is focusing on the improvement of inquiry learning in Chemistry, and another on developing Problem Based Learning in Biology.