The study was carried out to identify the computer software data analysis skills required for capacity building of university lecturers for effective educational research. Three research questions and one null hypothesis were formulated, to guide the study. The survey research design was adopted for the study and a structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Data obtained from 220 Lectures of the faculties of education in University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka were studied and analyzed. The study revealed computer, communication and math competency skill needs of the lecturers for effective data analysis in educational research using computer software. It was therefore recommended that administrators of the universities should organize regular training and retraining sessions for their lecturers on the identified areas of need to build up their capacity in the use of computer software for efficient educational research especially in the 21st century.
Key words: Computer software, data analysis, educational research, capacity building, skills.
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