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Rachel L. Wahl

Associate Professor
Unit: Curry School of Education
Department: Curry School of Education
Office location and address
Ruffner Hall 280
405 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D., New York University, 2013
B.F.A., Marymount Manhattan College, 2002
Biography

I examine how ideas and ideals spread through education and advocacy, particularly in regard to state and civil society efforts to influence each other. My focus has been on how implicit philosophical beliefs about morality, justice, and human nature facilitate and undermine receptivity to dialogue, deliberation, and formal education.  I am especially interested in approaches to changing ideas and behavior that rely on voluntary learning in comparison to those that rely on various forms of public pressure.

Fulbright-Hays--DDRA 2019-2021
Source: U.S. Department Of Education
September 30, 2019 – March 31, 2022
The Ethics of Political Dialogue On and Beyond College Campuses
Source: Spencer Foundation
January 01, 2020 – December 31, 2021
Risky Learning Across Political Divides: The Ethics of Speech on College Campuses
Source: Spencer Foundation
August 01, 2018 – December 31, 2020
CU-Educating Against Violence: Can Dialouge Change Relationships Between Police and Communities of Color?
Source: Spencer Foundation
June 01, 2016 – June 30, 2017
CU-The Dynamics of Reform: Change in Higher Education
Source: Spencer Foundation
September 09, 2014 – August 31, 2015
EDLF 3220: What is Education For?
Credits: 3
What is the purpose of your education? Why have you devoted so much of your life to it? This class explores opposing ideas about the aims of education. Should schooling prioritize skill-building, creativity, or reflection? Does education only reproduce social norms, or does it have the power to change society? We examine such questions in regard to our own education, philosophical texts, and efforts to promote schooling worldwide.
EDLF 4606: Comparative Education
Credits: 3
We will focus on the sociocultural context of education, addressing values, iedology, practices & policies as they are found across a diverse selection of nations & societies. What can we learn from comparisons? What theories currently shape international educational developments? With knowledge of how other countries approach educational issues, it is hoped that students can broaden their understanding of their own educational practices.
EDLF 4995: Directed Research
Credits: 1–6
Directed Research under supervision of faculty member.
EDLF 7603: Philosophy of Education
Credits: 3
Inquiry into the applicability to present problems of selected philosophical themes and approaches. Issues include conceptions of pupils, theories of learning and teaching, educational equity and justice, indoctrination, and the adequacy of educational research itself.
EDLF 7606: Comparative Education
Credits: 3
Both similarities and differences in educational practices, problems, and cultures abound in the world today. We will focus throughout the course on the sociocultural context of education, addressing values, ideology, practices and policies as they are found across a diverse selection of nations and societies. What can we learn from comparisons? What theories currently shape international educational developments? By gaining knowledge about how other countries approach key issues in education, it is hoped that students can broaden their understanding of their own educational practices, beliefs, and policies, and work toward more effective educational practice in an increasingly global educational arena.
EDLF 9993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Under close faculty guidance, students work on an area of interest not covered by the curriculum. A plan of study must be signed by the faculty sponsor and filed in the student's permanent file in the Office of Student Affairs. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDLF 9999: Doctoral Dissertation
Credits: 3–12
Doctoral Dissertation Research completed under the guidance of dissertation committee. 12 hours is required for graduation. Permission of instructor required.