The Status of Educational Research in Oromia Regional State

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Addis Ababa Univerisity


The purpose of t his study is to a ssess the status 0 f educational research and the availability 0 f basic requirements for research in Oromia Regional State. Education contributes a great deal to the production of skilled and capable man power a certain country requires for its economic, social and political development. Likewise, educational research is an important instrument for the development of education and the improvement of quality of education. It seems that it is with this understanding of the value of research that the current Education and Training Policy of Ethiopia declares that focus will be given to the complimentary implementation of educational research and education. However, the focus given to its eems negligible and no satisfactory research is being conducted in the education system especially in secondary a nd primary schools. Therefore, t his study intends to assess the state of educational research in Oromia Regional State and the availability of basic requirements for research involvement. To this end, descriptive survey method was employed and two types of questionnaires were prepared and distributed to 240 teachers and 24 school principals and deputy principals working in twelve secondary schools selected using stratified random sampling and availability sampling techniques respectively. The Oromia education bureau head a nd delegated personnel, three zonal education office heads or deputy office heads were also interviewed in their respective offices. The data collected were presented using frequency tables and graphs and analyzed using percentages and weighted mean averages. The findings disclosed that the state of educational research undertaking is low and no satisfactory research is being done in the region due to lack of resources, knowledge, experiences, suitable research strategies and lack of institutional set up that can facilitate research and wrong conception and perspectives. Based on the findings, conclusions were reached and possible recommendations were forwarded.