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Fischer, Frank

Prof. Dr. Frank Fischer

Professor for Education and Educational Psychology


Leopoldstraße 13, D-80802 Munich, Room 3412

Phone: +49-(0)89-2180-5146
Fax: +49-(0)89-2180-16540

Office hours:
Thursday, by appointment via e-Mail


Further Information

Curriculum Vitae

  • Positions held:
    • 1997-2001 Research Fellow at LMU Munich
    • 2001-2004 University of Tubingen (Knowledge Media Research Center IWM/KMRC)
    • 2002-2003 Professor for General and Instructional Psychology at the University of Erfurt (temporary full professorship)
    • 2004-2006 Associate Professor for Research on Learning and Instruction at the University of Tübingen and the Knowledge Media Research Center, Tübingen
    • 2005 Offer of a chair professorship of General and Instructional Psychology at the University of Erfurt (full professorship, offer declined) 
    • 2006- Full Professor of Educational Science and Educational Psychology, LMU Munich 
    • 2008-2010 Director of the Department of Psychology, LMU Munich 
    • 2011-2013 Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, LMU Munich
    • 2009- Director of the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences
  • Short curriculum vitae:

Frank Fischer studied psychology at the Universities in Trier and Aachen, obtained a
doctorate in 1997 from Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich. After professorships for general and instructional psychology and for research on learning and instruction at the Universities of Erfurt and Tübingen, he became a full professor for educational science and educational psychology at LMU in 2006. There he has been teaching the psychology of learning and instruction and the learning sciences for study programs in psychology, as well as educational science and teacher education. His research focuses on how people learn to engage in scientific reasoning and argumentation, as well as in diagnostic reasoning. Settings include computer-supported collaborative learning and simulation-based learning environments in secondary school and in higher education. He has (co-) supervised more than 30 PhD theses. He served as the Director of the Department of Psychology at LMU and Dean of Faculty. He was the President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences. Currently, he is the Director of the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences, which involves more than 50 researchers from 8 faculties who engage in interdisciplinary research projects and in international masters' and PhD programs in the learning sciences. Since 2019 he is an elected member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.

Research topics

  • Learning with digital media
  • Collaborative learning
  • Scientific reasoning and argumentation
  • Use-inspired basic research and evidence based practice in education

Selected publications

  • Fischer, F., & Opitz, A. (Eds.) (2022). Learning to diagnose with simulations - Examples from teacher education and medical education. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-89147-3
  • Chernikova, O., Heitzmann, N., Stadler, M., Holzberger, D., Seidel, T., & Fischer, F. (2020). Simulation-based learning in higher education: A meta-analysis. Review of Educational Research, 90(4), 499-541. https://doi.org/10.3102/0034654320933544
  • Fischer, F., Chinn, C., Engelmann, K., & Osborne, J. (Eds.)(2018). Scientific reasoning and argumentation. The roles of general and specific knowledge. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Fischer, F., Hmelo-Silver, C. E., Goldman, S. R., & Reimann, P. (Eds.)(2018). International handbook of the learning sciences. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Fischer, F., Kollar, I., Stegmann, K., & Wecker, C. (2013). Toward a script theory of guidance in computer-supported collaborative learning. Educational Psychologist, 48(1), 56-66. doi:10.1080/00461520.2012.748005 [Online]
  • Sailer, M., Schultz-Pernice, F., & Fischer, F. (2021). Contextual facilitators for learning activities involving technology in higher education: The C♭-model. Computers in Human Behavior. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.106794

Awards and invited talks:

  • President, International Society of the Learning Sciences
  • Senior Researcher in Residence, Center of Advanced Studies, LMU
  • Inaugural Fellow, International Society of the Learning Sciences
  • Mitglied der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften


  • Invited talks and keynote lectures (selection): University of Utrecht (Keynote at ICLS 2008), University of Exeter (Keynote at EARLI 2009), University of Tübingen (Keynote at Patterns, 2009), ETH Zürich (2010), LMU (Keynote at BRIGHT, 2010), University of Poitiers (2010), University of Barcelone (2013), University of Eastern Finland at Jovensu (2013), Universität Salzburg (2014), Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education, Singapore (2014), University of Prague (Keynote at SIGDIAL, 2015), Universität Bern (Keynote at GMA, 2016), Universität Wien (2016), University of Gothenburg (2016), University of Hongkong (2016), University of Edinburgh (2017), University Carlos V Madrid (2017), Universität Bern (Keynote at TdL, 2020), Amrita University (Ammachi Labs, 2021), Leuven (Keynote at WOG, 2021), Universität Tübingen (Keynote at LEAD retreat, 2021), University of Oslo (Improvement of Teaching and Learning, 2021), ZAHW Winterthur (2021); University of Hiroshima (Keynote at ICLS, 2022).


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Fachgruppe Pädagogische Psychologie; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft (AEPF); Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung (GEBF), European Association of Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI), International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), American Educational Research Association (AERA).


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