InformalScience | Heather Zimmerman
Heather Zimmerman (Evaluator)
Heather Toomey Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor of Education at the Pennsylvania State University.
Heather is a learning scientist who uses ethnographic, interaction analysis, and design-based research methods to study the cognitive and cultural resources used by youth as they move across social settings.
By employing these methods, she
analyzes how multiple learning experiences contribute to children's understanding of scientific knowledge, practices, and career trajectories.
works to understand the processes that families and youth use to learn about science in homes, museums, and community settings.
has a background in cognition and development, designing for learning in museums and informal institutions, science communication, youth and digital technology, and understanding gender issues as they intersect with STEM disciplines.
Prior to completing her doctoral work, Heather earned an M.A. in Museology, and she worked for Pacific Science Center, the Burke Museum of Natural History, and the Rochester Museum & Science Center.
Conference :: Zimmerman
, H. T., Reeve, S., & Bell, P. (2006).
Ideas and reasoning about animals: Family conversations in a science center.
Paper presented at a symposium entitled "Understanding the cultural foundations of children's biological knowledge: Insights from everyday cognition research in homes, museums, and classrooms" at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Resear
Conference :: Bell, P., Bricker, L. A., Lee, T. R., Reeve, S., & Zimmerman
, H. T. (2006).
Understanding the cultural foundations of children's biological knowledge: Insights from everyday cognition research.