Dr Peter Ellerton


School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 53165


Research Interests

  • Teaching for Thinking
    My research and practice in this area focuses on the development of teacher pedagogical expertise in Teaching for Thinking.
  • Public reasoning
    My work in this area includes the public understanding of science, group and individual decision-making and critical thinking in politics.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Contemporary Science, Australian National University
  • Graduate Certificate in Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Education, Griffith University


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Book Chapter

  • Ellerton, Peter (2017). Pragmatic epistemology, inquiry values and education for thinking. In Maughn Rollins Gregory, Joanna Haynes and Karin Murris (Ed.), The Routledge international handbook of philosophy for children (pp. 111-118) New York, NY United States: Routledge.

  • Ellerton, Peter (2017). Settling Science - why the scientific method confuses us. In The Best Australian Science Writing 2017 (pp. ---) Sydney NSW Australia: NewSouth Publishing.

  • Ellerton, Peter (2015). Metacognition and critical thinking: some pedagogical imperatives. In M. Davies and R. Barnett (Ed.), Palgrave handbook of critical thinking in higher education (pp. 409-426) US: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-1-137-37805-7_25

  • Ellerton, Peter (2010). Theology is not philosophy. In Warren Bonett (Ed.), The Australian book of atheism (pp. 125-138) Carlton North, Vic., Australia: Scribe Publications.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Ellerton, Peter (2015). The Skills and Values of Inquiry. In: Proceedings of the International Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia. International Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, Melboure, VIC, Australia, (). 5-8 December 2015.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision