Co-Director of SEEC / Senior Researcher and Evaluator
617 873-9737

Program/Areas of Interest

K-12 math education and teacher professional development
Evaluation and research methods and design
Adult development, Data and statistics learning
Technology for inquiry learning, Science education evaluation

Biographical Summary

Dr. James K. L. Hammerman‘s research and evaluation work builds on more than 30 years of experience in education, many spent as a teacher, teacher educator, and curriculum developer.

Since joining TERC in 2001, Jim has served as principal investigator, lead evaluator, or senior researcher on more than two dozen externally funded research and evaluation projects, focusing on pedagogical and institutional change, mathematics education, environmental education, and data and statistics education. He is principal investigator on an NSF-funded evaluation of a mathematics teacher professional development program. Jim currently leads external evaluations for several projects, including an immersive computer environment for conducting experiments to explore causality and ecology, a state-wide initiative to engage rural youth in computing through programming an online game, and an effort to improve pedagogy among university STEM faculty.

Jim has designed, implemented, and researched mathematics and science education curricula and professional development programs, as well as technology tools that support inquiry-oriented learning. He has taught students at levels ranging from kindergarten through graduate school, including methods courses for researchers. Jim is especially interested in adult developmental differences in professional development, data and statistics learning, online and software tools that support exploration, and supporting deeper learning and more reflective practice in professional communities.

In his free time, Jim enjoys biking, sailing, gardening, music, and travel. He is also part of a Buddhist meditation group that he helped found.

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Selected Publications

  • After Installation: Ubiquitous Computing and High School Science in Three Experienced [...] Brian Drayton, Joni Falk, Rena Stroud, Kathryn Hobbs, and James (Jim) Hammerman (2009) Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment 9 (3)
  • BioTeach Evaluation Report, 2008-2009 James (Jim) Hammerman and Karen Mutch-Jones (2009) Cambridge, MA: TERC.
  • Informal Inferential Reasoning About Large Scientific Data Sets James (Jim) Hammerman (2009) Paper presented at the International Statistical Institute (ISI) Conference, Durban, South Africa.
  • Strategies for Managing Statistical Complexity with New Software Tools James (Jim) Hammerman and Andee Rubin (2004) Statistics Education Research Journal 3 (2) . 17-41.
  • Understanding Data Through New Software Representations James (Jim) Hammerman and Andee Rubin (2006) Thinking and Reasoning with Data and Chance: 68th NCTM Yearbook Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics