• Mathematics education, epistemology, history of Mathematics (Mathematical thinking, early algebra, tertiary mathematics)



  • Caroline's background is in pure mathematics (University of São Paulo, Brazil) and she has specialized in Mathematics Education (Paris 7, France). After a post-doctoral experience in Canada and an European Fellowship in Australia, Caroline worked for 6 years at the Mathematics Department of the Université Montpellier 2, France. She is member of the Mathematics Experts Group for PISA and has been appointed, since July 2011, Senior Lecturer in mathematics education at the University of Melbourne.
    Caroline Bardini's research interests revolve around students' mathematical thinking. She has a keen interest on the issues related to the secondary-tertiary transition mathematics as well as building bridges between epistemology and mathematics education.   


Member of

  • Mathematics Expert Group for PISA 2012. Member of the international Mathematics Expert Group for PISA 2009 - 2013


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • - Lead CI of University of Melbourne Research Grant Support Scheme pilot study, 2014-current. $19K.
    Investigates students’ perception of letters at school and university mathematical sciences.
    - CI of Australian government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) seed project SD12-2372, 2013. $49K.
    Aimed at identifying algebraic misconceptions of first year undergraduate students in mathematics by the
    means of online diagnostic tests. This OLT project was run by all three CIs of this DP proposal (Pierce,
    Bardini and Stacey) and acknowledged their expertise in students' mathematical understanding at the point
    of transition from secondary to tertiary mathematics.
    - CI of EdUmatics, 2009-2012. 450K euros funded by the European commission . Involved 20 partners
    (universities and schools) from 8 countries. Aimed at researching on and developing high quality pedagogical
    resources, based on the usage of technological tools, for mathematics secondary teachers.
    - Lexicon project (CI: D. Clarke, University of Melbourne), 2008-2011: in charge of the French component.
    2014-current: research member of the Central Project Team of ARC DP Lexicon project (DP140101361,
    $300K). Gathers research partners from 8 countries to examine influence of different languages on students'
    learning of mathematics.
    - Member of MathBridge, 2009-2011. 1.8M euros funded by the European commission and coordinated by
    Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer kuenstliche intelligenz GMBH- Germany. Involved 9 universities in 7
    countries. First pan-european e-learning platform for mitigating issues faced by some first year
    undergraduate students in mathematics.
    - CI of e-CoLab project, 2006-2011. Partnership between three French universities and Texas Instruments.   


Education and training

  • PHD, University of Paris VII: Jussieu 2003
  • MA, University of Paris VII: Jussieu 1999
  • DipMaths, University of Sao Paulo 1998

Awards and honors

  • Sabbatical semester for research purposes, Universit Montpellier 2, 2010
  • Prize for Scientific Excellency, Ministere de l'enseignment et de la recherche (France), 2009
  • Marie Curie Fellowship, 2005
  • The highest distinction from PhD Jury (10 awarded per year accross all disciplines), Universit Paris 7 (France), 2003
  • Ministere de l'enseignment et de la recherche (France), 2000



Available for supervision

  • Y