University of Calgary

Veronika Elizabeth Bohac Clarke

  • Associate Professor

Profile

Prior to joining the academic community, Dr. Veronika Bohac Clarke worked as a secondary public school teacher, teaching science, math and art, and later she worked at Alberta Education in the area of policy and finance. After completing PhD at University of Alberta in policy studies, she joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. The study of policy led Veronika to the inquiry of values, in educational policy and practice. She found Integral Theory to be an excellent tool for studying the human condition, particularly as it helped to integrate her science and policy training with her life-long interests in philosophy, transpersonal psychology, spirituality, and art. Veronika taught a course on spirituality in postmodern age, using Ken Wilber’s Integral Model as its foundational framework, for 10 years, beginning in 2001. After 16 years of using Wilber’s Integral Model in teaching, as well as in supervision of 17 successful doctoral dissertations based on the Integral Model, Veronika continues to be enthusiastic about its usefulness as a conceptual framework for transdisciplinary research.

The Integral doctoral graduates include:

  • David Ikenouye, EdD 2017
  • Natalie Prytuluk, EdD, 2017
  • Roy Norris, EdD, 2017
  • Garette Tebay, EdD 2017
  • Kathleen Kellock, EdD 2016
  • Bernita Leahy, EdD 2016
  • Janice Beler, EdD 2016
  • Kimberley Holmes, PhD 2015 (CATE Doctoral Dissertation Award 2015)
  • Chris Yuen, EdD 2013
  • Krystyna Laycraft, PhD 2012
  • Laurie Alisat, PhD, 2012
  • Marc Ross, PhD, 2011
  • Laura Vilness, EdD, 2010
  • Daniel McKinnon, PhD, 2009
  • Carol Suddards, PhD, 2004
  • Paul Jerry, PhD, 2003
  • Scott Bryant, PhD, 2002

Veronika has developed, and was the Coordinator of, two cohorts of the MEd Specialist program “Integral Curriculum Development”. Subsequently, she co-developed an EdD program - Curriculum  “Integral Theory”  -  with her colleague Dr. Brent Davis. The students from this cohort are completing their final examinations in 2016 -2017.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Bohac Clarke has been using the Integral Model for research design, data analysis, as well as for course and program development. The Integral Model, as designed by Ken Wilber, has been shown to be useful as a transdisciplinary research framework as well.

In terms of application in the real world, the model has proven to be very useful for analyzing findings, for example, in a longitudinal study of several character education programs and in planning professional development for the participating school staffs. The range of uses of the Integral Model as an organizing and analytical framework can be seen in some of the PhD and EdD dissertations that Veronika has supervised.

While the use of Integral Theory is still relatively new in traditional academic settings, there is a growing interest among scholars and practitioners, as was clearly demonstrated in the Integral Education Conference, which Veronika co-organized in 2010 at the University of Calgary. The introduction of the Integrally themed MEd and EdD cohorts has continued this bold trend. Veronika is also actively engaged with the biennial Integral European Conference series, where she exchanges ideas on Integral education with European colleagues.

The following two the publications, like bookends, mark the 10 year anniversary of Veronika’s work with teaching the Integral Model:

Bohac Clarke, Veronika. (2002). In search of school Spirit: The cloud of unknowing in public education. International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning. Vol. 6, No 10. http://people.ucalgary.ca/~huartson/iejll/volume6/bohac.htm (accessed October 14, 2012)

Bohac Clarke, Veronika. (2012). Engaging the Noosphere: Integral approach to teaching spirituality online. In Spirituality in education and social work: An interdisciplinary dialogue. Groen, J., Graham, J. & Coholic, D. (Eds.) Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier Press. pp. 141-164.

Other research, carried out as service to the community:

Crawford, Donna, and Bohac Clarke, V. (2016 -2018). The implementation of the Alberta SPCA AnimalTales book loan program in elementary schools in Alberta. Current research project, sponsored by the Alberta SPCA Education Department, Edmonton, Alberta.

Crawford, D. and Bohac Clarke, V. (2012). Inside the Cruelty Connection: The Role of Animals in Decision-Making by Domestic Violence Victims in Rural Alberta. Research report to the Alberta SPCA. Edmonton, Alberta: Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. pp. 105. http://albertaspca.org/neglect-abuse/cruelty-connection/resources.html

Education

PhD
University of Alberta

MEd (thesis)
University of Alberta

BEd
University of Lethbridge

BSc
University of Saskatchewan

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Bohac Clarke is the Coordinator of the Curriculum – Integral Theory EdD program cohort.

Publications

These are some of the publications related to Integral Theory:

Alisat, L., & Bohac Clarke, V. (2017). An Integral Analysis of Labeling, Inclusion, and the Impact of the K-12 School Experience on Gifted Boys. In J. Keengwe (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Promoting Cross-Cultural Competence and Social Justice in Teacher Education (pp. 355-381). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0897-7.ch019

Goodfellow, S., & Bohac Clarke, V. (2017). An Integral Analysis of One Urban School System's Efforts to Support Student-Centered Teaching. In J. Keengwe, & G. Onchwari (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Learner-Centered Pedagogy in Teacher Education and Professional Development (pp. 45-68). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0892-2.ch003

 Pitre, N. J., & Bohac Clarke, V. (2017). Cultural Self-Study as a Tool for Critical Reflection and Learning: Integral Analysis and Implications for Pre-Service Teacher Education Programs. In J. Keengwe (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Promoting Cross-Cultural Competence and Social Justice in Teacher Education (pp. 76-100). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0897-7.ch004

Yuen, C. and Bohac Clarke, V. (2016). An Integral Approach to Active Learning in Mathematics. In Jared Keengwe and Grace Onchwari (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Active Learning and the Flipped Classroom Model in the Digital Age. (pp. 177-194). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-9680-8.ch009

Bohac Clarke, V. (2012). Engaging the Noosphere: An Integral Approach to Teaching Spirituality Online. In J. Groen, D. Coholic, and J. Graham (Eds.), Spirituality in Social Work and Education: Theory, Practice and Pedagogies. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. pp. 141- 164

Goddard, T., Bohac Clarke, V. (2007) The Cycles of School Change: Toward an Integrated Developmental Model. Journal of Educational Thought. Volume 41, No 2, pp. 105-123.

Crawford, D., Bohac Clarke, V. (2006) Bringing character into focus. Principal Leadership. Volume 6, No 5, pp 49-52.

Nesbitt, J. and V. Bohac Clarke. (2004). Integral Vision for Restorative Justice in Education. International Electronic Journal For Leadership in Learning,  Volume 8, No 13. http://www.ucalgary.ca/~iejll  http://people.ucalgary.ca/~huartson/iejll/volume8/nesbitt_clarke13.html (accessed October 14, 2012).

Bohac Clarke, Veronika. (2002). “In search of school Spirit: The cloud of unknowing in public education.”  International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning. Vol. 6, No. 2.  http://www.ucalgary.ca/~iejll 
http://people.ucalgary.ca/~huartson/iejll/volume6/bohac.htm (accessed October 14, 2012).

Integral Papers Presented at Refereed Conferences:

Bohac Clarke, V. and Davis, B. (2017). “To Integralville and back again: The story of graduate students’ journey toward understanding and enacting the Integral Model in their research.” Paper for the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Annual Conference of The Canadian Society for the Study of Education, May 28 ­June 1, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Davis, B. and Bohac Clarke, V. (2016). “Becoming transdisciplinary”. Paper for the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Annual Conference of The Canadian Society for the Study of Education, May 30 ­June 3, 2016, Calgary, Alberta.

Bohac Clarke, V. (2016). “How deep into Integralville did you go? Graduate students’ journey toward understanding and enacting the Integral Model in research.” A paper presented at the Integral European Conference, Siofok, Hungary, May 2016.

Bohac Clarke, V. (2016). “Trans-disciplinarity, Complexity, and AQAL as a Unifying Framework – Challenges for Researchers.” A paper presented at the Integral European Conference, Siofok, Hungary, May 2016.

Bohac Clarke, V. (2015). “Integral Education as a work in progress: first reflections on the implementation of a graduate program based on the Integral Model”. Paper for the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Annual Conference of The Canadian Society for the Study of Education, May 30 ­June 3, 2015, Ottawa, Ontario. Funded by URGC Travel Grant $1,800.

Bohac Clarke, V. and Ian Winchester. (2015). “Integral Education as a work in progress: strengths and shortcomings of current interpretations and applications of the Integral Model in education”. Paper for the Canadian Association for the Foundations in Education, presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Annual Conference of The Canadian Society for the Study of Education, May 30 ­June 3, 2015, Ottawa, Ontario.

Bohac Clarke, V. (2015). Discussant for the Symposium “Navigating the Tensions of Assessment: Exploring Micro­cultures in Teacher Education”, Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Annual Conference of The Canadian Society for the Study of Education, May 30 ­June 3, 2015, Ottawa, Ontario.
Veronika Bohac Clarke. (2010). “Integral approach to leading with character.” Session #4: Integral Leadership and Community. Integral Education Conference: March 5 and 6, 2010 at U of C Faculty of Education.

Veronika Bohac Clarke. (2010). “The Integral Model and its Practical Uses in Education and (for) Life”. Invited inaugural Lecture, Stirring Minds series, Faculty of Education, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, October 6, 2010.

Awards

Faculty of Graduate Studies Great Supervisor Award 2016

April 2011 – Finalist for the University of Calgary Graduate Students’ Association Teaching and Supervisory Excellence Award.

Photograph of Veronika Elizabeth Bohac Clarke
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