Dr Peter Ellerton
Curriculum Director, University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Critical Thinking
Affiliate Senior Lecturer in Education
Fellow of the Rationalist Society of Australia
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Critical and Creative Thinking
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.
Peter is one of a small team of academics to recently rewrite the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities in Critical and Creative Thinking.
Peter also sits on the ACARA National Assessment Program for Scientific Literacy (NAP-SL) working group.
Australian Research Council linkage grant on Problem Based Learning in STEM with Monash University, Brisbane Catholic Education and Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools.
Peter is an expert contributor to the European Commission Joint Research Centre's Enlightenment 2.0 project, involving public reasoning in political processes and developing meaningful and ethical communication.
Thinking Schools India — A project linking leading Indian schools and educators with students and parents to deliver a thinking focussed education.
The Aspiring Thinkers Network linking thousands of educators and institutions internationally to deliver professional learning in a Teaching for Thinking pedagogy.
Teacher comments on Teaching for Thinking workshops
Peter's TedxBrisbane Talk: The right to be heard is not the right to be taken seriously
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
Peter's Youtube Channel for educators involved in critical thinking
A philosophy and critical thinking course developed by Peter and colleagues at the University of Queensland on the EDx platform.
A critical thinking matrix to map critical thinking skills
Full list of publications