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Online Counseling Education: Pedagogy Controversies and Delivery Issues
Pamela K. S. Patrick
This article identifies distance education issues that have generated a degree of controversy within higher education and specifically within the counselor education community. As the issues are identified, each is linked to the traditional educational paradigm that historically has energized counselor education pedagogy. The emerging paradigm shift that Internet online distance education represents is then reviewed as a different pedagogy, a key term used throughout this discussion. By moving the discussion about online education in counselor education to one that recognizes differences, counselor educators reflect a core theme within the counseling professions: that is, different is neither better nor worse than what is most familiar or comfortable. It is simply different.