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ISRN Education
Volume 2012, Article ID 816590, 8 pages
Research Article

Virtual Tutoring and Counseling in Schools

1Department of Didactics and School Organization, National Distance Education University, C/ Juan del Rosal 14, 28040 Madrid, Spain
2Area of School Organization and Didactics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Pablo de Olavide University, Carretera de Utrera Km 1, 41013 Seville, Spain

Received 27 April 2012; Accepted 31 May 2012

Academic Editors: S. Cessna, U. Moore, R. Pasnak, and P. A. Prelock

Copyright © 2012 Esteban Vázquez Cano and Eloy López Meneses. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper is a report on the findings of a study conducted on ten primary and secondary schools in Spain where we evaluated how digital tools can contribute to reinforce and develop new ways of tutoring and counseling. The research shows how many counseling functions can be highly enhanced with the use of virtual tools, that is, academic planning, career postsecondary planning, tutoring, counseling, and personal-social development. One of the most important school counselor’s roles is to coordinate resources and services to best assist students and families in fulfilling their needs. Virtual tutoring and counseling through the development of virtual communities are key strategies to better connect with groups—students, parents, administrators, teachers, and others—as part of comprehensive developmental tutoring and counseling programs. Indeed, effective school counseling programs are a collaborative effort among many important groups of people whom digital tools help significantly.