Promoting Critical Thinking in Schools

The Australian Skeptics Prize for Critical Thinking has been won this year by Peter Ellerton, a Queensland teacher who established a network promoting critical thinking in schools. The prize is worth $10,000. For a decade up to 2006 it was awarded as a part of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

Peter is the Head of Curriculum (Senior School) at Calamvale Community College in Brisbane. He has established the Australian Philosophy Teachers’ Network which brings together practitioners and other experts from around the country.

He has also set up a website that allows teachers from around the world to share resources, ideas and contacts. He is the Queensland Studies Authority State Review Panel chair for the subject Philosophy and Reason, and he also teaches physics and mathematics. He is on the editorial board of the Science Education Review and he is a reviewer for Teaching and Teacher Education, an international teaching journal based in the UK.

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