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Local Social Capital through E-Mentoring: An Agenda for New Research

Learning, Media and Technology Volume 36, Number 3, ISSN 1743-9884


This article synthesizes research on social capital, school outcomes, internet use, and volunteering to argue that e-mentoring--which is commonly practiced over long distances--could become a powerful way to build greater cohesiveness in local communities. Realizing this potential will require a larger-scale and more coordinated approach to research and program design, as well as a change in e-mentoring researchers' methods. The payoff for these changes would be greater opportunity for e-mentoring research to contribute to social policy and school effectiveness initiatives.


O'Neill, D.K. (2011). Local Social Capital through E-Mentoring: An Agenda for New Research. Learning, Media and Technology, 36(3), 315-321. Retrieved January 21, 2020 from .

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