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Walter F. Heinecke

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Education and Human Development
Department: School of Education and Human Development
Office location and address
Bavaro Hall 206F
417 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1997
B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1983

Walter Heinecke is Associate Professor of Educational Research, Statistics, & Evaluation int he Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia. He received his doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from Arizona State University. Since 1996, He has taught courses in qualitative research methods, methods of program evaluation, and educational policy studies as well as undergraduate courses on civic engagement and activism. He conducts research on technology, reform, and policy implementation in teacher education and K-12 settings as well as on citizenship and civic engagement in higher educational settings.

EDLF 3250: Intro to Citizenship & Activism: Critical Exam of Jefferson's University
Credits: 3
This course examines ideas about citizenship, engagement, student activism, and social justice within the context of the University. It will examine, through lecture, discussion, readings, and an applied action research project, the various definitions of political engagement, activism, and social change as they are relate to current issues at the University.
EDLF 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study
EDLF 4995: Directed Research
Credits: 1–6
Directed Research under supervision of faculty member.
EDLF 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDLF 7060: Critical Perspectives on Educational Policy
Credits: 3
This course will examine the foundations of educational policy from critical theoretical perspectives rooted in the social sciences and humanities in a graduate level seminar intended for both disciplinary students and students pursuing specialized work in educational studies. The goal of the course is to examine from a variety of critical perspectives, the core issues that underlie contemporary debates over public and educational policy.
EDLF 7404: Qualitative Analysis
Credits: 3
This class serves as an introduction to the central concepts of qualitative methods in research and evaluation. Primary emphasis is on the development of skills required to conduct qualitative research, with a focus on research design, specific methods of inquiry, and approaches to analysis. The philosophy and epistemology of qualitative approaches are also discussed. Empirical readings provide examples of qualitative research within education and related fields.
EDLF 8400: Program Evaluation Design
Credits: 3
Explores problems of designing, conducting, and reporting evaluation research studies. Time is spent examining philosophies of science that underlie evaluation studies; conceptualizing a total evaluation study; planning for the use of time and resources in conducting an evaluation study; assembling the evidence for or against a particular proposition; analyzing costs; and learning how to avoid common pitfalls in working with clients and program participants to design and conduct an evaluation study.
EDLF 8440: Advanced Qualitative Analysis
Credits: 3
Advanced course in methods and practices of qualitative research. Students determine their own philosophy of inquiry and become increasingly proficient in the application of qualitative methods. Assumes an introductory course in qualitative methods. Focuses on research design and proposal development, data collection and analysis techniques, and presentation of findings. The course is field-based and guides students through the complete qualitative research cycle.
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 9998: Doctoral Research Apprenticeship
Credits: 3–12
Designed to give doctoral students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisites: Advisor Permission Required.
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.