Dr Peter Ellerton

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

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

Affiliate Academic

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities, Arts 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.
  • Critical thinking
    The teaching of critical thinking is optimised by using a clear and actionable understanding of its constituent skills. Theorising critical thinking so the pedagogical pathway to achieving it becomes clear is a major focus of my work.


  • 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