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Ian Gilbert

Since establishing Independent Thinking 25 years ago, Ian Gilbert has made a name for himself across the world as a highly original writer, editor, speaker, practitioner and thinker, and is someone who the IB World magazine has referred to as one of the world’s leading educational visionaries.

The author of several books, and the editor of many more, Ian is known by thousands of teachers and young people across the world for his award-winning Thunks books. Thunks grew out of Ian’s work with Philosophy for Children (P4C), and are beguiling yet deceptively powerful little philosophical questions that he has created to make children’s – as well as their teachers’ – brains hurt.

Ian’s growing collection of bestselling books has a more serious side too, without ever losing sight of his trademark wit and straight-talking style. The Little Book of Bereavement for Schools, born from personal family experience, is finding a home in schools across the world, and The Working Class – a massive collaborative effort he instigated and edited – is making a genuine difference to the lives of young people from some of the poorest backgrounds.

A unique writer and editor, there is no other voice like Ian Gilbert’s in education today.

See for yourself.

Ian was winner of The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society’s inaugural Educational Writers Award (Nov 2008) for The Little Book of Thunks’ - Click here for more information on the book.

Re-framing the Education Debate with Independent Thinker, Ian Gilbert.

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Publications by Ian Gilbert

Little Owl’s Book of Thinking

Little Owl’s Book of Thinking squeezes years of research, teaching…

There Is Another Way

Edited by Ian Gilbert with chapters by Mark Anderson, Lisa…

Gilbert Filbert and his big MAD box

Gilbert Filbert and his big MAD box,…

The Big Book of Independent Thinking

Edited by Ian Gilbert. In 1992 Ian Gilbert, author…

The Compleat Thunks® Book

In The Compleat Thunks Book Ian Gilbert brings…

The Little Book of Thunks®

A Thunk is a beguiling question about everyday things that…

The Working Class

In The Working Class: Poverty, education and alternative voices,…

The Book of Thunks®

A great gift book for possibly the most impossible person…

There is Another Way

Ian Gilbert’s There is Another Way: The second…

The Little Book of Bereavement for Schools

The Little Book of Bereavement for Schools is written by…

A Tin of Thunks®

Can a robot be kind? Can you touch the wind?…

Independent Thinking

Do things no one does or do things everyone does…

Independent Thinking On Loss

Written from the personal experience of a parent and his…

Three Chairs a Table and a Lamp (PAL)

This unique teacher training video shoot on location in North…

Don’t Change the Light Bulbs

Curated by Rachel Jones, Don’t Change the Light Bulbs offers…