Bárbara serves as an Associate Professor of Education, Chair of the Education Department, and the Director of the Mathematics, Science, Technology and Engineering Education Program all at Tufts University. She studied in Argentina and the US, where she moved in 1995. She earned her Ed.D. from Harvard University. She has been a kindergarten and seventh grade teacher in Argentina as well as a Spencer Foundation research training grantee.
In 2008-2009 Bárbara 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 written numbers, notational aspects of mathematics, and children’s learning of elementary mathematics.
Since 1998, she has also been involved in The Early Algebra Project–a research project on children’s early algebraic reasoning and teaching elementary school children, exploring the intertwined nature of arithmetic and algebra. 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.