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Barbara Brizuela



  • Higher Ed: Education 


Brbara studied in Argentina and the U.S., where she moved in 1995. She has been a kindergarten and seventh grade teacher in Argentina as well as a Spencer Foundation research training grantee. In 2008-2009 Brbara was a Spencer Fellow, a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and a Schuster Family Faculty Fellow in Arts & Sciences (Tufts University). Her current research focuses on children's learning of the notational number system, notational aspects of mathematics, children's learning of elementary mathematics, including early algebra, and mathematics teachers' learning and professional development.

Since 1998, she has also been involved in a research project on children's early algebraic reasoning and teaching elementary school children, exploring the intertwined nature of arithmetic and algebra (see In the past, she has also investigated the connections between engineering and algebra through a project funded by the General Electric Foundation. Her main areas of interest are early childhood education, cognitive development, and mathematics education. Her research is grounded on the fundamental belief that our primary goal as educators is to understand and highlight children's thinking and reasoning in productive ways. 


learning of elementary mathematics
including early algebra
mathematics teachers' learning and professional development 


Schliemann, A. D., Carraher, D., & Brizuela, B. M. (2011). El carcter algebraico de la aritmtica: de las ideas de los nios a las actividades en el aula (Spanish translation of Bringing Out the Algebraic Character of Arithmetic: From Children's Ideas to Classroom Practice ). Buenos Aires: Editorial Paids.

Brizuela, B. M., & Gravel, B. E. (forthcoming). (Eds.) "Show me what you know" Exploring representations across STEM disciplines. Book contract signed with Teachers College Press.

Schliemann, A. D., Carraher, D. W., & Brizuela, B. M. (2012, in press). Algebra in elementary school and its impact on middle school learning. Recherches en Didactique des Mathmatiques, Paris, France.

Caddle, M., & Brizuela, B. M. (2011). Fifth Graders' Additive And Multiplicative Reasoning: Establishing Connections Across Conceptual Fields Using A Graph. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 30(3), 224-234.

Martinez, M. V., Brizuela, B. M., & Castro Superfine, A. (2011). Integrating Algebra and Proof in High School Mathematics: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 30, 30-47.