Dr Peter Ellerton

About Peter

Peter’s areas of focus include Public Reasoning, Science Communication, Argumentation and Critical Thinking in education. Peter has been a teacher educator and a syllabus designer for the International Baccalaureate Organisation, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Peter was one of a small team of academics redeveloping the 2021 ACARA Critical and Creative Thinking General Capability within the Australian Curriculum. He has consulted and produced papers for a variety of organisations including the European Commission Joint Research Centre, the NSW Department of Education, the Australian Defence Force, the Queensland Office of the Coordinator General, NSW Ombudsman and many private and public schools. He has delivered professional development in Teaching for Thinking to thousands of educators throughout Australia and internationally and has been invited to deliver programs at the University of California Los Angeles, Pepperdine University Los Angeles and Simone Fraser University in Canada and across South Africa. Peter's passion is working with educators to enable a teaching for Thinking focus across all year levels and subject areas.

Live projects:

Teacher comments on Teaching for Thinking workshops


Peter's TedxBrisbane Talk: The right to be heard is not the right to be taken seriously

See Peter's essay "This is why you will lose your argument."

Peter's articles on The Conversation (over 2.7 million reads)

A video abstract of our paper: Cook, John, Ellerton, Peter and Kinkead, David (2018). Deconstructing climate misinformation to identify reasoning errors. Environmental Research Letters, 13 (2) 024018, 024018. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaa49f

Some resources for teachers

A philosophy and critical thinking course developed by Peter and colleagues at the University of Queensland on the EDx platform.

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CT Matrix A3 colour.pdf

A critical thinking matrix to map critical thinking skills

GT NEQ.pdf
Collaboration NEQ.pdf
Schema PCKI NEQ.pdf
Questions NEQ.pdf
Arguments NEQ.pdf
PCKI tree NEQ.pdf

Some publications

Full list of publications