Rakhi has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mathematics from Delhi University, a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education from Delhi University and a Ph. D in Mathematics Education from Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.
She has taught at various levels of education: school, undergraduate programmes and postgraduate programmes. Prior to joining Azim Premji University, she has held faculty positions at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Ambedkar University, Delhi. She has been developing and teaching courses in Child development, Cognition and Learning and Mathematics Education.
Her doctoral work, carried out at the HomiBhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, was on developing a learning-teaching sequence for grade 6 students to help them understand beginning algebra based on their prior understanding of arithmetic. Subsequently, her work has focused on looking at curriculum, textbooks and their transaction in the classroom, highlighting students’ and teachers’ role in the process.