Aug. 30, 2017

Quick Chat: The Theory of Everything

Veronika Bohac Clarke discusses integral theory
Veronika Bohac Clarke

In this Quick Chat, Veronika Bohac Clarke talks about integral theory.

Everything in life is, in some way, interrelated.

That’s the theory of American philosopher Ken Wilber, who, more than 20 years ago, developed a concept that stated that all we know (as human beings) and all that we experience in life can fit into a grid, divided into fourths.

What Wilber designed is referred to as an AQAL (All Quadrants, All Levels) map, and it breaks human experience into four buckets—from the internal to the external, and the individual to the collective experiences in life.

Veronika Bohac Clarke describes it as a “meta-theory”, and all-encompassing idea that everything in life is somehow interrelated.

Bohac Clarke, an associate professor in the Werklund School of Education, uses the model of integral theory in much of her research and teaching, and in this Quick Chat, she explains why she finds the concept so effective in providing a comprehensive approach to working across disciplines to develop educational theories.