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Research Article  |   March 1985
A Comparison of Impact of Undergraduate and Graduate Occupational Therapy Education on Professional Productivity
Author Affiliations
  • Florence Clark, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy; Gerald Sharrott, MA, OTR, is Adjunct Instructor of Occupational Therapy, and Doris J. Hill, MA, OTR, is Clinical Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy; all at the University of Southern California, Downey, CA 90242
  • Shari Campbell, MHS, OTR, is a staff occupational therapist, California Children’s Service, Anaheim, CA. She was formerly an instructor of Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, Downey, CA 90242
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Research Article   |   March 1985
A Comparison of Impact of Undergraduate and Graduate Occupational Therapy Education on Professional Productivity
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1985, Vol. 39, 155-162. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.3.155
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1985, Vol. 39, 155-162. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.3.155
Abstract

This article presents an account of the evolutionary changes in occupational therapy graduate education at the University of Southern California (USC) in response to the increasing professional demands and the expanding knowledge base of the field. The contention that undergraduate and graduate education represented by these changes would result in different student products was tested. A questionnaire survey was used to assess the responses of 189 former undergraduate and graduate occupational therapy students of USC on issues relating to professionalism, leadership, attitudes, and scholarly contributions. Results of this study support the theory that graduate education of a specific kind and quality enhances the professionalization of occupational therapy more so than does undergraduate education.