Dr. Caro Williams-Pierce is an assistant professor in the Educational Theory and Practice Department at the University at Albany, SUNY, and received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Mathematics Education. Caro specializes in designing and analyzing technology for mathematical play, with a particular focus on how players construct mathematical understandings through playing videogames. In her research, she considers principles of embodied cognition, perception as a mechanism for grounding mathematical understandings, the role of productive failure, the player’s experiences when embedded in digital media, and the oft-missed playfulness inherent in mathematical problemsolving.


Where most of Caro's work and play takes place.

Where most of Caro's work and play takes place.

You can find her academic work under various names, all constrained permutations of Caro, Caroline, Williams, and Williams-Pierce.

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