About Heather

Heather is learning scientist who uses ethnographic and design-based research methods to study the cognitive and social resources used by youth as they move across social settings.  She analyzes how multiple learning experiences contribute to families’ and children’s understanding of scientific knowledge, practices, and career trajectories.

At Penn State, Heather brings together the learning sciences, informal science education, and learning with mobile computers in her teaching and research.

This is an image of Heather Zimmerman.


Heather’s projects are related to:

  • families and youth in museums, science center, and nature centers
  • mobile computers as learning tools
  • identity, interest, and expertise related to science learning.

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To learn more about mobile computing research that Heather conducts with colleague Susan Land, visit: http://sites.psu.edu/augmentedlearning/.


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