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Abstract. This study examined the extent of awareness, availability and utilization of educational research findings in enhancing the effectiveness of educational practices for sustainable development. A structured questionnaire —completed by a sample of 726 respondents, including lecturers, government officials and higher education students—sought perceptions on these variables in Nigeria. The data collected were analyzed using percentages, means and ANOVA. The results revealed no significant differences on awareness about and availability and utilization of research findings. However, availability of research findings was scored poorest by the three categories of respondents. Respondents that were involved in conducting research were most aware of research findings (81%). Nevertheless, a much smaller percentage (28%) of them indicated that they used these research findings in addressing professional and development challenges. Recommendations towards increased utilization of research findings are made.
Keywords: Evidence based policy; Research utilization; ESD