Ukufunda Education

Publications and Presentations

Garth Spencer-Smith is a Research Associate in the Department of Childhood Education (at the University of Johannesburg), since 2016

Academic Publications (8)

  • Hazell, E., Spencer-Smith, G., & Roberts, N. (2019). Improving Grade R mathematics teaching in South Africa: Evidence from an impact evaluation of a province-wide intervention. Journal of Education (University of KwaZulu-Natal), (76), 48-68.
  • Isaacs, S., Roberts, N., Spencer-Smith, G. & Brink, S. (2019). Learning through play in Grade R classrooms: Measuring practitioners’ confidence, knowledge and practice. South African Journal of Childhood Education 9(1), a704. https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v9i1.704
  • Roberts, N., & Spencer-Smith, G. (2019). An expanded analytical framework for describing m-learning in early grade Mathematics. South African Journal of Childhood Education, 9(1), https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v9i1.532
  • Isaacs, S., Roberts, N., & Spencer-Smith, G. (2019). Learning with mobile devices: Stakeholder lessons from four mobile learning pilots in Africa. South African Journal of Childhood Education, 9(1), a704. https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v9i1.704
  • Roberts, N., Spencer-Smith, G., Vanska, R., & Eskelinen, S. (2015). From challenging assumptions to measuring effect: researching the Nokia mobile mathematics service in South Africa. South African Journal of Education, 35(2), 1-13.
  • Spencer-Smith, G. & Roberts, N. (2014). Landscape review: Mobile education for numeracy. Evidence from interventions in low-income countries. GIZ: Bonn. http://www.giz.de/fachexpertise/downloads/bmzgiz2014-en-landscape-review-mobile-education-for-numeracy-long.pdf
  • Spencer-Smith, G. & Hardman, J. (2014). The impact of computer and mathematics software usage on performance of school leavers in the Western Cape Province of South Africa: A comparative analysis. Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT), 10(1), 22-40
  • Spencer-Smith, G. (2010). A mixed methods investigation into the impact of computers and Maths software on Mathematics teaching and Matric results of high schools in the EMDC East, Cape Town, thesis submitted for Master of Education, University of Cape Town

 Academic Presentations (9)

  • Roberts, N. & Spencer-Smith G. (2017, October). Supporting parents and ECD practitioners through mobile applications: The case of CareUp, SAERA conference, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Spencer-Smith, G. & Roberts, N. (2017, August). The ukuFUNda Virtual School evaluation, m-Learning expert panel, convened by the DBE and UNICEF, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Spencer-Smith, G. & Roberts, N. (2017, January). Procedural fluency in Grade 10-12 Mathematics: How much is enough? Short paper, SAARMSTE 25th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • Spencer-Smith, G. (2016, May). Calculators and mental maths: Complementary or contradictory? Presentation at the South African Principals’ Association (WC) Regional Conference, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Spencer-Smith, G. (2014, October). Engaging with Nokia Mobile Mathematics – a local online FET Maths service. Workshop run at the Innovate Schools’ ICT Conference, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Spencer-Smith, G. (2014, July). Engaging with Nokia Mobile Mathematics – a local online FET Maths service. Workshop run at the AMESA National Congress, Kimberley, South Africa
  • Roberts, N. & Spencer-Smith, G. (2014, April). From Challenging Assumptions to Measuring Impact of the Nokia Mobile Mathematics Service in South Africa. Presentation at the South African Basic Education Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Spencer-Smith, G. and Hardman, J. (2011, November). Investigating the impact of computer software on Matric Mathematics results in the EMDC East district of Cape Town: A quantitative analysis. Short paper presented at the Kenton Education Association Conference, Cape Town, South Africa

Technical and Evaluation Reports (25)

  • Ukufunda Education Consulting. (2020). Evaluation of the Numeric after-school Mathematics programme: 2019, for Numeric
    Ukufunda Education Consulting. (2020). SEDC Douglas evaluation: Consolidated report, for the Socio-Economic Development Company, Douglas.
  • Kelello Consulting. (2019). Namibian Examinations and Assessments System review: Consolidated role-player findings, for the Namibian Ministry of Education and UNICEF Namibia.
  • Kelello Consulting. (2019). Namibian Examinations and Assessments System review: Feasible and affordable improvements to strengthen assessment, for the Namibian Ministry of Education and UNICEF Namibia.
  • Ukufunda Education Consulting. (2019). Evaluation of the Numeric after-school Mathematics programme: 2018, for Numeric
  • Ukufunda Education Consulting. (2018). Dig-it evaluation: Endline report, for Investec and the Praekelt Foundation
  • Kelello Consulting. (2018). Final consolidated research report: Play Every Day (beta phase), for LEGO Foundation and Sesame Workshop
  • Kelello Consulting. (2018). South African data on early learning and basic education, for UNICEF
  • Kelello Consulting. (2018). Final consolidated evaluation report for Play Well Be Happy, for LEGO Foundation, Sesame Workshop and Eastern Cape Department of Education
  • JET and Kelello Consulting. (2018). Endline consolidated report on the evaluation of the R-Maths Project, for the Zenex Foundation and WCED
  • Ukufunda Education Consulting. (2018). Evaluation of the Numeric after-school Mathematics programme: 2017, for Numeric
  • Ukufunda Education Consulting. (2017). Phase 1 evaluation report for dig-it, for Investec and the Praekelt Foundation
  • Kelello Consulting. (2017). Sci-Bono training report, for Sci-Bono
  • Kelello Consulting. (2017). Evaluation of the Learning Initiative Intervention, for the Learning Initiative and the Western Cape Department of Social Development
  • Kelello Consulting. (2017). Evaluation of the CareUp mobile application, for Innovation Edge and the Department of Social Development
  • Ukufunda Education Consulting. (2017). Evaluation of the 2016 Numeric programme, for Numeric
  • Kelello Consulting. (2016). An implementation evaluation of the ukuFUNda virtual school, for UNICEF and the DBE
  • Kelello Consulting. (2016). Microsoft Math evaluation
  • Ukufunda Education Consulting. (2016). Outcomes evaluation of the Ikamva Youth Grade 9 after-schools Mathematics support programme, for Ikamva Youth
  • Ukufunda Education Consulting. (2016). Evaluation of the 2015 Numeric programme, for Numeric
  • Kelello Consulting. (2015). Upper primary Mathematics consultancy report, for AKFEA
  • Kelello Consulting. (2015). Midterm report on the evaluation of Microsoft Math, for Microsoft
  • Kelello Consulting. (2015). Evaluation of the Grade 12 learner support component of the LAIS intervention in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, for GIZ and EC office of the Premier
  • Kelello Consulting. (2014). Lower primary Mathematics consultancy report, for AKFEA
  • Kelello Consulting. (2014). Evaluation of a teacher development programme in four countries (Nigeria, Senegal, Pakistan and Mexico), for UNESCO
  • Spencer-Smith, G. (2010). A mixed methods investigation into the impact of computers and Maths software on Mathematics teaching and Matric results of high schools in the EMDC East, Cape Town, thesis submitted for Master of Education, University of Cape Town