Professor Peta Goldburg - School of Theology (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Peta Goldburg is the foundation Professor of Religious Education at Australian Catholic Unversity. After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music she was a music specialist with the Queensland education department. She began her study in religious education and theology in 1983. Peta has extensive teaching expereince at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Peta's particular expertise is in developing pedagogy for religious education. Her doctoral thesis was in the area of Religious Education and the Creative Arts and her research interests include religion and the arts, world religions particulalry Judaism, and creative pedagogies.

Peta has played a significant role in curriculum development for teach religion for the Queensland Studies Authority, writing the syllabus for Study of Religion and Religious Ethics in 2000,2008 and in the revision of Religion and Ethics 2014. In 2010, she was invited by Cambridge University Press to write the text book for Study of Religion entitled Investigating Religion, and in 2012 she published Exploring Religion and Ethics for Senior Secondary students. She is currently writing four books for junior secondary religious education entitled Discovering Religion.


Phone :07 3623 7303 (Brisbane)
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Research Interests

Religious Education and the Arts; Biblical Women; ;

Methods Expertise

Qualitative Research: ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Religious diversity and religious literacy, in Learning to teach in the primary school

Values and religion in education: An Australian view, in The international handbook of religion and values


Exploring Religion And Ethics , in Exploring religion and ethics for Senior Secondary Students

Religious education a foundation for freedom of religion and belief, in Freedom of religion and belief.

Transforming religious education: Implications from the Second Vatican Council. , in Reception and Implementation of Vatican II in the Australian Church, edited by Neil Ormerod, Ormond Rush, David Pascoe, Clare Johnson and Joel Hodge (Melbourne, Aus: John Garrett, 2012).


Developing pedagogies for inter-religious teaching and learning, in International Handbook of Inter-religious Education, (eds.) Kath Engebretson, Marian de Souza, Gloria Durka, Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer 2010, II.743-758

Religious education and the creative arts: A critical exploration


Religion studies: From university to school. , in Australian Religion Studies Review, 22(1), 13-27.

Education on Judaism and catechesis on the Shoah, in No going back: Letters to Pope Benedict XVI on the Holocaust, Jewish-Christian relations and Israel

Investigating religion: Study of religion for senior secondary students