Ilma Mary Brewer studied and later taught botany at the University of Sydney. She developed new methods of teaching based on the principle that a student learnt more by working at their own pace and through self-instruction. She outlined her methods in , published in 1985.
As well as working in academia, Brewer also spent time working for the Australian military and in private industry in the United States.
She attended North Sydney Girls' High School before enrolling at the University of Sydney in the 1930s.
Bachelor of Science, University of Sydney
Master of Science, University of Sydney
Holder of a Linnean Macleay fellowship in Ecology in the Botany Department at the University of Sydney.
Worked with Army Intelligence to map the vegetation in the coastal regions of New South Wales.
Doctorate of Science, University of Sydney
Assistant Lecturer in Biology, University of Sydney
Director of research in a chemical factory in New Jersey, the United States
Returned to the staff at University of Sydney as a part-time Demonstrator
Lecturer in Botany/Biology, University of Sydney
Received a special grant from the Vice-Chancellor to establish an audio-visual centre for self-paced, independent study in Plant Anatomy
Promoted to Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences, University of Sydney
Appointed a staff associate in the Regional Teacher Training Centre for Health Personnel at the University of New South Wales
Honorary research affiliate in the Department of Anatomy, University of Sydney
The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia granted Brewer honorary life membership in recognition of her contribution to research and development in tertiary education
Ilma Brewer was Lecturer in Botany/Biology, University of Sydney 1963-1970 and Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences 1970-1978. She developed new methods of teaching based on the recognition that a student learnt more by working at his/her own pace and instructing him/her self. Her findings were published as a book, "Learning More and Teaching Less".
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Sydney
Career position - Linnean Macleay Fellow
Career position - Worked with Army Intelligence to map the vegetation (trees and undergrowth) in the coastal regions of New South Wales
Career position - Assistant Lecturer
Career position - Director of Research in a chemical factory in New Jersey
Career position - Demonstrator (part-time)
Career position - Temporary Lecturer
Career position - Temporary Senior tutor
Career position - Temporary Lecturer
Career position - Lecturer in Botany/Biology
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences
Career position - Staff Associate at the Regional Teacher Training Centre for Health Personnel at the University of New South Wales
Series: IspartOf Bright SparcsUniversity of Melbourne E-Scholarship Research Centre
Learning more and teaching less: a decade of innovation in self-instruction and small group learning
Brewer, Ilma Mary
Published: Society for Research into Higher Education & NFER-NELSON
Personal archives of Brewer, Ilma Mary [1915-2006]
: 1933 - 1992]
Series: University of Sydney, Archives
Contents include: correspondence; publications authored by Brewer; teaching materials including study guides, audio-tape scripts, press reports, working papers, and printed records of proceedings; autobiographical script; CV; photographs; and notebooks compiled by Brewer as an undergraduate in Botany.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 24 September 1892 p 14 Family Notices
... beloved DAUGHTER, IlmaM , aged 3 years to move from his residence, 241 Oxford-st, THIS (Saturday ... -street The FRIENDS of Mr. CHARLES M. CHRISTIE are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his» deceased ...
Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939) Wednesday 13 December 1911 p 3 Article
... . BREWER ON AUSTRALIAN RACING ^ ; The Totalisator Commission— Death of Traquair— Show Judging— ;V ... .' ?- ' Sales of Racehorses— General Notes. M$M- SELECTIONS FOR CANTERBURY PARK (By '?PILOT.') ?osebill Baces ...
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The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Friday 20 January 1950 p 17 Family Notices
... ENGAGEMENTS The engagement is announced of Heather Mary, only daughter of Mrs. A. M. and the late ... . Bolton, Berean St., Launceston., Pres-ent address, 79 Wentworth St., Laun-ceston. DEATHS BREWER. - On ...
New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Thursday 15 August 1889 [Issue No.416 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 5553 Government Gazette Notices
... Drummond Bobert Fitzgerald Thomas C.... G-alvin Thomas Harvey William Johnson John Morrissey William M ... 'Carney William...... M'Cormack Daniel Oddie James Quirk John Byan Timothy Schuster Adolpli Seymour James ...
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