Dr. Heather Toomey Zimmerman
TitleAssociate Professor of Education (LDT)
DepartmentLearning and Performance Systems
ProgramsLearning, Design, and Technology
Other Penn State AffiliationsCenter for Pollinator Research Center for Human Evolution and Diversity
Areas of Expertise
LDT 505: Integrating mobile technologies into learning environments
LDT 574 Qualitative research, part II
LDT 576: Design-based research methodology
LDT 583 Learning sciences seminar (co-taught with Dr. Richard Duschl and Dr. Julia Plummer);
LDT 597: Video research methods in the learning sciences
LDT 597: Informal learning research seminar
Education HistoryPh.D. in the Learning Sciences, University of Washington M.A. Museology (Museum Studies), University of Washington B.S. Science Communication, Cornell University
To download these publications and others, go to: https://psu-us.academia.edu/HeatherToomeyZimmerman or https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Heather_Zimmerman.
Zimmerman, H. T., Land, S. M., McClain, L.R., Mohney, M. R., Choi, G-W., & Salman, F. H. (2015). Tree Investigators: Supporting families and youth to coordinate observations with scientific knowledge. International Journal of Science Education. 5(1), 44-67.
McClain, L. R., & Zimmerman, H. T. (2014). Prior experiences shaping family science conversations at a nature center. Science Education. 98(6), 1009–1032.
Gamrat, C., Zimmerman, H. T., Dudek, J., & Peck, K. (2014) Personalized workplace learning: A digital badging space for science teacher professional development. British Journal of Educational Technology. 45(6), 1136–1148.
Zimmerman, H. T., & Bell, P. (2014). Where young people see science: Everyday activities connected to science. International Journal of Science Education. 4(1), 25-53.
Zimmerman, H. T., & McClain, L. R. (2014). Intergenerational learning at a nature center: Families using prior experiences and participation frameworks to understand raptors. Environmental Education Research. 20(2), 177-201.
Zimmerman, H. T., McClain, L. R., & Crowl, M. (2013). Understanding how families use magnifiers during nature center walks. Research in Science Education. 43(5), 1917-1938.
Zimmerman, H. T. (2012). Participating in science at home: Recognition work and learning in biology. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 49(5), 597-630.
Zimmerman, H. T., Reeve, S., & Bell P. (2010). Family sense-making practices in science center conversations. Science Education. 94 (3), 478-505. DOI: 10.1002/sce.20374.