24 - 25 MAY 2024

Program - SaturdayDetails


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Conference Program – Day One

Theme: Giftedness: Critical and Creative Thinking

Friday 24th May

PDF timetable for Friday and Saturday available for download

FRIDAY 24 MAY 2024

7:30 – 8:30


Registration (on Plaza level entry from Merivale Street). Delegates collect name badge and lanyard.

8:30 – 9:10

8:30 – Welcome by xxxx

Acknowledgement of Country

9:15 – 10:45

Deborah Brown

Session 1

9.15 – 10.45

Prof Deborah Brown



Bio: Deborah Brown is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland, Director of the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project (UQCTP), and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. Deb is currently also President of the Australasian Association of Philosophy. She specialises in the application of critical thinking to a variety of contexts, including education and leadership and management training.

Deb has over 30 years experience teaching in higher education, has served as Associate Dean, Academic for the Faculty of Arts at UQ, and has extensive experience leading strategic initiatives in teaching and learning as well as operationalising and measuring teaching innovations. She is currently Principal Practitioner in Critical Thinking at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at UQ and supports a wide network of academics in a community of practice focused on teaching critical thinking. She has led two large Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants, one to develop an argument mapping tool (reasons.io) and another on enhancing assessment through critical thinking. She and her team have created bridging courses and workshops in critical thinking for students in the Liveris Academy Leadership and Sustainability program, the medical degree program, and UQ scholarship programs. Deb has been awarded two UQ Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning.

Through her leadership of the UQ Critical Thinking Project since 2012, Deb has supported the development of critical thinking skills across educational and leadership contexts. Her work has been represented in Australia, the US, Canada, Finland, and India. She has supported the graduate programs of the Australian Institute of Police Management since 2021 with modules on critical and strategic thinking, systems thinking, scenario planning, and discursive leadership. She and her team are currently researching the impacts on police and emergency services leaders of training in critical thinking.

10:45 – 11:15

Morning Tea

Morning tea and networking

11:15 – 12:45

Peter Ellerton

Session 2

11.15 – 12.45

Dr Peter Ellerton


Presentation Synopsis

Bio: Peter Ellerton is Curriculum Director of the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project, Senior Lecturer in the school of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, Affiliate Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Senior Research Fellow of the 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 group of academics who developed V9.0 of the ACARA critical and creative thinking general capability and is on the working committee for the National Assessment Program in Scientific Literacy. 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, the NSW Ombudsman and many private and public schools. He has delivered professional development in Teaching for Thinking 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. Peters’ passion is working with educators to enable a teaching for Thinking focus across all year levels and subject areas.

12:45 – 1:30


Lunch and networking

1:30 – 3:00

Luke Zaphir

Session 3

Dr Luke Zaphir


Presentation Synopsis.

Bio: Dr Luke Zaphir holds a Bachelor of Arts (journalism), a Master of Arts (philosophy), a Graduate Diploma of Education (secondary), and a PhD in philosophy with a speciality in political and educational philosophy. His research focuses on improving citizenship education through critical thinking pedagogies and communities of inquiry. Dr Zaphir has been a lecturer and tutor at The University of Queensland since 2014 teaching philosophy, ethics, and critical thinking. He was also a public school teacher at Education Queensland’s online school the IMPACT Centre for five years where he designed and taught their critical thinking and media literacy programs. He currently works as a learning designer with Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation at UQ and continues to lecture in philosophy.


QAGTC 2024 Conference


Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Plaza 1, 2, 3

Merivale St, South Brisbane



24th - 25th May 2024


Friday - 3 sessions - Giftedness: Critical and Creative Thinking

Saturday - Keynotes

- Prof Deborah Brown

- Vince Wall

Range of sessions to choose from


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