ERIC Number: ED435022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Public Attitude toward Optician Education as Human Capital.
Gerardi, Steven J.; Woods, Thomas A.; White, Debra R.; Hill, Roger S.
A study sought to identify what the public thinks about the appropriate level of education and training for opticians. A 10% random sample of 1,510 New York State customers (n=151) of a large multinational opticianry corporation was surveyed. Two categories of data were social background (combined annual family income, age, marital status, race, gender) and a locally constructed five-item Guttman scale selected to differentiate attitude toward optical training. The scale consisted of future-oriented questions about the individuals' future eye care exposure to apprenticeship-trained opticians and present-oriented questions about current educational requirements within the optician profession. Statistical analyses included descriptive percentage data extracted for cross-tabulation, Pearson correlation, and linear regression models for prediction and causal explanations. Findings indicated customer attitude toward optician training was in favor of higher educational requirements and credentials for all social background indicators; confidence level in the eye care professional increased as the optician's educational achievement increased; 100 percent would be more confident in the optician's skills if he/she were college educated; and 81 percent believed an optician should have earned at least a baccalaureate degree. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: New York