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Gilbert Burgh

Honorary Associate Professor in Philosophy
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland

Gilbert Burgh has published widely on democratic education, dialogic pedagogy, and the development of community of inquiry in educational discourse. He has co-authored three books with Mark Freakley: Values Education in Schools (2008) (with Lyne Tilt MacSporran), Ethics and the Community of Inquiry (2006) (with Terri Field) and Engaging with Ethics (2000) and is co-editor (with Simone Thornton) of Philosophical Inquiry with Children: The development of an inquiring society in Australia (2019).

Subjects: Education, Philosophy

Biography

Gilbert Burgh holds a PhD in Philosophy, and is currently Honorary Associate Professor in Philosophy in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at The University of Queensland.

He is active in the promotion of philosophy in schools and philosophy as active engagement in public affairs. He was the founding president of the Queensland Association of Philosophy in Schools (QAPS) from 1994 to 1996, and president of the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA) from 2002 to 2003.

His research interests include: the development of ‘community of inquiry’ in educational discourse, the role of genuine doubt in classroom inquiry, and the history of philosophy in schools in Australia. He is co-author of Values Education in Schools: A resource book for student inquiry (2008 - with Mark Freakley & Lyn Tilt MacSporran), Ethics and the Community of Inquiry: Education for Deliberative Democracy (2006 - with Terri Field & Mark Freakley), and Engaging with Ethics: Ethical Inquiry for Teachers (2000 - with Mark Freakley); co-editor of Philosophical Inquiry with Children: The development of an inquiring society in Australia (2019 - with Simone Thornton); and has published widely on democratic education and collaborative philosophical inquiry as pedagogy.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Educational philosophy (philosophy functioning educationally); Ethics, and social and political philosophy, esp. democracy, citizenship, alternatives to electoral politics, democracy and education, and deliberative politics.

Personal Interests

    Drummer and occasional guitarist, songwriter, birder, bushwalker and lover of B grade horror films!

Websites

Books

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Articles

Oxford Review of Education

Lucid education: resisting resistance to inquiry


Published: Feb 18, 2016 by Oxford Review of Education
Authors: Gilbert Burgh & Simone Thornton
Subjects: Education, Philosophy

Within the community of inquiry literature, the absence of the notion of genuine doubt is notable in spite of its pragmatic roots in the philosophy of CS Peirce. We argue for the need to correct this oversight due to the educational significance of genuine doubt. To detail these connections, we reinvigorate the ideas of Peirce by borrowing the language and concepts of Camus.

Educational Philosophy and Theory

Inoculation against Wonder: Finding an antidote in Camus, pragmatism and the community of inquiry


Published: Nov 30, 2015 by Educational Philosophy and Theory
Authors: Gilbert Burgh & Simone Thornton
Subjects: Education, Philosophy

In this paper, we argue that the central purpose of education is to develop lucid individuals. We show where Camus and the pragmatists are congruent in their thinking, insofar as they can inform the educative process of the community of inquiry. What we conclude is that the role of the teacher is to develop lucid individuals facilitated in a classroom that is transformed into a community of inquiry embedded in contemporary historical moments.

Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education

Connecting learning to the world beyond the classroom through collaborative philosophical inquiry


Published: Jun 16, 2015 by Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Authors: Rosie Scholl, Kim Nichols & Gilbert Burgh
Subjects: Education, Philosophy

This study explored the impact of facilitating collaborative philosophical inquiry (CPI), in the tradition of Philosophy for Children, on connectedness pedagogies. Between-groups analysis of variance (ANOVA) on particular measures of pedagogy revealed that CPI significantly broadened teachers’ pedagogical repertoires, in ways that included drawing on students’ background knowledge and preparing a problem-based curriculum which connects students to the world beyond the classroom.

Educational Philosophy and Theory

The Parallels Between Philosophical Inquiry and Scientific Inquiry: Implications for science education


Published: Jan 09, 2012 by Educational Philosophy and Theory
Authors: Gilbert Burgh & Kim Nichols
Subjects: Education, Philosophy

We present the parallels between philosophical inquiry and scientific inquiry that need to be realised to promote and engage with scientific inquiry in the classroom. We also discuss the conflicts between philosophical inquiry and the way inquiry science in the classroom is portrayed in the education literature. Based on philosophical and historical perceptions of science as inquiry, a practical approach to implementation of scientific inquiry in the science classroom is presented.

Teaching Education

Promoting problem-solving and reasoning during cooperative inquiry science


Published: Mar 11, 2011 by Teaching Education
Authors: Robyn M. Gillies, Kim Nichols & Gilbert Burgh
Subjects: Education, Philosophy

This paper reports on a study that was conducted on the effects of training students in specific strategic and meta-cognitive questioning strategies on the development of reasoning, problem-solving, and learning during cooperative inquiry-based science activities. The study was conducted in 18 sixth grade classrooms and involved 35 groups of students in three conditions: the cognitive questioning condition; the Philosophy for Children condition; and the comparison condition.

Educational Philosophy and Theory

Communities of Inquiry: Politics, power and group dynamics


Published: Jan 09, 2011 by Educational Philosophy and Theory
Authors: Gilbert Burgh & Mor Yorshansky
Subjects: Education, Philosophy

The community of inquiry has been treated by many of its proponents as being an exemplar of democracy in action. We argue that the assumptions underlying this view present practical and theoretical difficulties, particularly in relation to distribution of power among the members of a community of inquiry. Using group dynamic theories and the ideas of Hannah Arendt, we argue that behaviours commonly interpreted as obstacles to dialogue or reflective inquiry could provide opportunities for growth.

News

Interview with Gilbert Burgh: philosophy is vital to effective citizenship education or what I call democratic education

By: Gilbert Burgh
Subjects: Education, Philosophy

Joana Rita Sousa (interviewer): "Laura D'Olimpio talked to me about Professor Gilbert Burgh and his work related to philosophy for children (p4c). I wanted to know a little more about it, so I asked some questions."

When philosophy is a way of life

By: Gilbert Burgh
Subjects: Philosophy

Senior Lecturer Dr Gilbert Burgh said World Philosophy Day aimed to highlight the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and individual.

Ugly traffic signal boxes the perfect canvas to Colour our City

By: Gilbert Burgh
Subjects: Art & Visual Culture

In response to an article written in the Queensland Times, Ipswich residents have thrown their support behind a plan to have traffic signal boxes transformed into works of art.

The idea was suggested by art aficionado Gil Burgh, who for the past few years has been campaigning to enhance and beautify Ipswich's inner-city landscape.

Colour our city: Ipswich to become a gallery of artwork

By: Gilbert Burgh
Subjects: Art & Visual Culture

Art enthusiast Gilbert Burgh says traffic signal boxes provide the perfect canvas for artists to express their creative talent and turn the city into a brighter place.

Spray cans at the ready, Ipswich

By: Gilbert Burgh
Subjects: Art & Visual Culture

IPSWICH arts identity Dr Gilbert Burgh has put up his hand to co-ordinate a graffiti art installation that could well be the catalyst for the city becoming a haven for quality street art.

City philosophers get steamed up

By: Gilbert Burgh
Subjects: Art & Visual Culture, Philosophy

The ARTalk Philosophy Cafe is celebrating its first birthday this month and has proved a big hit among Ipswich's more thoughtful residents.

Talking art and stuff

By: Gilbert Burgh
Subjects: Art & Visual Culture, Philosophy

Gilbert Burgh, a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Queensland and Swich Contemporary Art Space co-ordinator, launched the ARTalk Philosophy Cafes in November.

Committees make for peaceful political processes

By: Gilbert Burgh
Subjects: Philosophy, Political Science, Politics & International Relations

Imagine a political system in which elections, fanatical interest groups and parliamentary slanging matches are a thing of the past.

According to Dr Gilbert Burgh, a lecturer in the University's Philosophy Department, such a system - in which decisions and laws arise out of deliberative processes rather than conflict - is possible.