Open seminar: Learning of teams in informal and formal learning contexts

Presenter is Professor Regina H. Mulder, University of Regensburg, Germany

Professor Regina H. Mulder, University of Regensburg, Germany (Photo: private)


There is evidence that in natural settings in companies, cooperation and team work can lead to improvement of their performance through reflection, discussion, asking questions and other learning activities.This presentation focuses on research my team and I have conducted on learning in teams, and development of teams in different kind of work settings. Attention will be paid to empirical research outcomes on how learning occurs at work (e.g. informal learning activities), to what they lead (performance improvement, innovation, team mental models, shared visions), relevant team characteristics (e.g. diversity), determinants of team development (e.g. leadership, safe team climate), and triggers for learning activities (e.g. learning from errors, from feedback).  In addition, examples of team learning processes in formal (training) settings will be presented in different domains (companies, university students and phd-students). Attention will be paid to how we investigate(d) team learning and its results.

About the lecturer

Regina H. Mulder is full professor in Pedagogy/Educational Science at the University of Regensburg (Germany) since 2004. She has a M.A. in Sociology (University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 1992) and holds a PhD in Social Sciences (1997, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)). She was vice director of the research Institute RISBO (at EUR, 2000-2004). She teaches bachelor and master students (pedagogy/educational sciences and teacher education). She researches and publishes on a variety of topics in Vocational Education and Training and on Learning in Organisations, such as the design and evaluation of VET, innovations, innovative work behaviour, feedback, learning from errors, informal learning at work, learning of older workers, team learning, diversity in teams, and on research methods. She co-edited books, is member of editorial boards (e.g. ‘Educational research review’, ‘HRDQ’), and reviews also for other journals (e.g. ‘Vocations and Learning’).

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Published May 11, 2015 2:56 PM - Last modified May 11, 2015 3:03 PM