Chapter 10 – The Use of Research Results in Decision Making in Education by Prof. Nsedu lnyang and Grace Ime Effiong


This paper is based on the thesis that research leads to decision making. To effect this, research must he properly managed. The paper states the concept of research management followed by definition of the concept of decision making. Decision making in education is derived from problem solving situations utilizing careful investigation and gathering of data which are analyzed and the results used in decision making. The use of standardized test in educational studies in which the assessment of achievement of learners is of interest is discussed. The construction, administration and analysis of test for standardization utilizing item analysis, reliability estimation and determination of norms are explained. Statistical methods and research situations in which they are use in order to arrive at some decisions have been presented in the paper. The paper ends with a citation of three research studies in Education that leads to decision making. The paper is concluded with a call on individuals and organizations to support researches in Education in particular and other life situations in general as they lead to decisions which affect live in the society. it is also recommended that users of achievement test results in decision making should painstakingly involved themselves in effective management of the production construction and administration of such test for use in making reliable decisions.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang

Professor N.E.U. Inyang has always been a teacher. He started as an Assistant Science Master at Duke Town Secondary School, Calabar. From 1976 till date he has taught in various institutions. He was appointed Acting Head, Department of Science Education in Uniuyo from 1994-1998 and promoted Associate and full Professor of Science Education in 1999 and 2002 respectively. He has taught undergraduate courses in Science Education, supervised undergraduate projects and jointly supervised Masters and Ph.D dissertations and theses both in University of Uyo and during his sabbatical leave to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang served in various capacities in the Science Teachers‘ Association of Nigeria (STAN) at both State and National levels. It was during his tenure as Chairman of Akwa Ibom State branch of STAN, He that Akwa Ibom State Branch was adjudged the best branch of the year for an outstanding membership among other achievements. Prof. Inyang served the Akwa Ibom State Government as a resource person at various workshops for primary and secondary school science and mathematics teachers.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang has been engaged in a number of Editorial services. He jointly published Integrated Science Workshop proceedings on the Integrated Science Curriculum in the 3 3 system Secondary Education in 1981. He jointly edited a book of readings on science and society 1997. He is editorial adviser of the integrated Science Education series of Integrated Science Panel of STAN and an author of the Basic Science of the University Press Plc, Ibadan, Nigeria.

To date, Prof. Nsedu Inyang has 45 publications to his credit made up of 22 journal articles and 23 book chapters, many of which can be accessed on this knowledgebase. He attended and presented several the keynote addresses and lead papers at conferences, some of which includes Teacher’s Day in 2009 at the Akwa Ibom State rally of NUT and a motivational talk at the Mobil/NNPC/Akwa Ibom State Science quiz, facilitated by the Akwa Ibom State Branch of STAN etc.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang has played a number of leadership roles in his christian life. He is happily married and is blessed with successful children.
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