ERIC Number: EJ889189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 41
Virtual Counseling for Students Enrolled in Online Educational Programs
Currie, Nikki S.
Educational Considerations, v37 n2 p22-26 Spr 2010
Virtual schools are increasing in popularity as a method of providing formal education for a growing number of students in the United States. The economy, coupled with technological advances and parental demand for a more personalized, innovative, individually tailored, and high quality education alternative for their children has led to the increase in enrollment of K-12 children in virtual schools. Realistically, this proliferation of distance education programs--or virtual schools--is here to stay. Student services for virtual learners should be equal to services traditional face-to-face learners receive; however, the delivery of these student services creates challenges and in some case ethical dilemmas for administration and guidance personnel. This article discusses the need to develop a comprehensive framework for providing counseling services beyond the typical use of technology by school counselors to meet the personal/social, academic, and career needs of students enrolled in on-line educational programs. As the trend toward online virtual educational programs continues to grow, attention to services such as student counseling merits careful consideration. Research studies and results can assist practitioners in developing comprehensive counseling programs for students in online educational programs in order to address program components, technology, counselor training, ethics, confidentiality and student privacy, and the most effective forms of online counseling in addition to benefits, limitations, and risks. Administrators and counselors in virtual schools can learn from research and programming in the area of online mental health counseling to help them develop successful counseling programs that meet the needs of all students enrolled.
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Distance Education, Confidentiality, Counselor Training, School Counseling, School Counselors, Guidance, Ethics, Pupil Personnel Services, Virtual Classrooms, Electronic Learning, Internet, Technology Integration, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Computer Mediated Communication, Counseling Techniques, Computer Uses in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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