Dr Peter Ellerton

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Affiliate Academic

School of Education
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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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Ellerton, Peter and Kelly, Robert (2021). Creativity and critical thinking. Education in the 21st Century: STEM, Creativity and Critical Thinking. (pp. 9-27) edited by Amanda Berry, Cathy Buntting, Deborah Corrigan, Richard Gunstone and Alister Jones. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-85300-6_2

  • Ellerton, Peter (2019). Critical Thinking in Adolescence. The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. (pp. 1-1) edited by S. Hupp and J. Jewell. London, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781119171492.wecad370

  • Ellerton, Peter (2017). Pragmatist epistemology, inquiry values and education for thinking. The Routledge international handbook of philosophy for children. (pp. 111-118) edited by Maughn Rollins Gregory, Joanna Haynes and Karin Murris. New York, NY United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315726625

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

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

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

Journal Article

Conference Publication

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

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision