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Research Article  |   January 1990
The Relationship of Educational Level to the Development and Dissemination of Knowledge by Occupational Therapists
Author Affiliations
  • Wendy Storm, MHE, OTR/L, is an Instructor at the Center for the Study of Occupational Therapy Education, The Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia 30912–0700
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Research Article   |   January 1990
The Relationship of Educational Level to the Development and Dissemination of Knowledge by Occupational Therapists
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1990, Vol. 44, 39-46. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.1.39
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1990, Vol. 44, 39-46. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.1.39
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the qualitative and quantitative differences in productivity among occupational therapists with various educational backgrounds. Comparative analyses pertained to the respondents’ demographic data, to their productivity in the development and dissemination of knowledge, to their positions, and to their contributions to the profession. Four advanced education groups were also described in terms of their educational programs. The results of this study indicated that the most significant relationship between the type of education of occupational therapists and their productivity is found in the doctoral group. Although it was determined that time (years of experience) could account for some of the differences between the groups, no significant differences were found between the baccalaureate and entry level master’s groups. Significant differences were identified between the entry level and postprofessional master’s groups in course work and perceived benefits of education.