The primary purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of the educational level of occupational therapists to their professional productivity in the areas of practice, education, research, publication, professional activities, and health care policy planning. These areas of professional productivity were also studied in relationship to selected educational curricula through their alumni. In this article, the first of two, the literature and methodology are reviewed, the independent and dependent variables are defined, and the hypotheses are presented. The results will be presented and discussed in Part 2.

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