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Caroline Williams

  • Graduate Student
  • Project Assistant
  • University of Wisconsin Madison
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Research interests

Mathematics Education and Video Games


Caroline "Caro" Williams is a PhD student in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a focus in Mathematics Education and a joint Masters in Mathematics and Mathematics Education. Her adviser is Dr. Amy Ellis, whom she works with on two major research projects: the Inductive and Deductive In-and-Out of Mathematics (IDIOM) grant with Drs. Knuth and Kalish (; and the Supporting Proof in Algebra through Reasoning with Quantities (SPARQ) grant. Caro's also a member of the Games, Learning, and Society group, and on Dr. Steinkuehler's PopCosmo research team, studying cognition and learning in Massively Multiplayer Online games ( Caro's many interests bridge the worlds of math education and gaming, with particular interest in: (a) virtual worlds that are designed as supplemental to classroom content, and what types of mathematics learning are intended and actually instantiated within those dynamic environments; (b) commercially produced virtual worlds that may have mathematics content and learning quietly embedded in the game structure, and the types of learning that occur as a result; and (c) the general constraints and affordances that games may have for different populations as they enter and participate within the designed "worlds." Currently, she is in the midst of a design-based research project focused on the design, evaluation, and iteration of Little Big Planet ( worlds that support an informal understanding of the Cartesian coordinate plane.


Co-authors (12)

Recent publications

  • Actions speak louder with words: The roles of action and pedagogical language for grounding mathematical proof

    • Nathan M
    • Walkington C
    • Boncoddo R
    • et al.
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  • Little Big Planet and Metal Gear Solid 4: Being Old Sack Snake

    • Williams C

Professional experience

Project Assistant

University of Wisconsin - Madison

August 2006 - Present


Bachelor of University Studies, Mathematics Education

University of Maine at Fort Kent

Joint Master's in Mathematics and Education

University of Wisconsin - Madison

PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education

University of Wisconsin - Madison