Brewer, Ilma M. (1915-2006)

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Brewer, Ilma M.
Brewer, Ilma Mary
Brewer, Ilma Mary (1915-2006)
Pidgeon, Ilma (1915-2006)
Pidgeon, Ilma Mary (1915-2006)
Field of activity
Botanist; Educator; Academic
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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
  • Retired
  • 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

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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
  • Career position - Research Affiliate in Anatomy

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Brewer, Ilma Mary
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Brewer, Ilma Mary (1915 - 2006)
    McCarthy, G. J.
    Series: IspartOf Bright SparcsUniversity of Melbourne E-Scholarship Research Centre
  3. Learning more and teaching less: a decade of innovation in self-instruction and small group learning
    Brewer, Ilma Mary
    [Guilford, Surrey]
    Published: Society for Research into Higher Education & NFER-NELSON
  4. Personal archives of Brewer, Ilma Mary [1915-2006]
    [0.4 m : 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.
    P141

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Brewer, Ilma Mary
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003

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  1. 1966 lab book, correspondence and ephemera relating to Ilma Pidgeon's scientific work
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