Bárbara M. Brizuela

Bárbara M. Brizuela

(617) 627-4230
Ballou Hall


  • EdD, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 2001
  • MA, General Studies in Education, Tufts University, Medford, United States, 1996
  • Licenciada en Ciencias Pedagógicas, Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina, 1993
  • Licenciada en Psicopedagogía, Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina, 1993


Bárbara 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. Her current research focuses on children's learning of elementary mathematics, including early algebra, children's learning of the notational number system and other notational aspects of mathematics, and mathematics teachers' learning and professional development. Since 1998, she has been involved in research on children's early algebraic reasoning, exploring the intertwined nature of arithmetic and algebra (see 'Early Algebra'). Her main areas of interest are mathematics education, early childhood education, and cognitive development. 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.