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WHEELER, Dame OLIVE ANNIE (1886 - 1963), Professor of Education

Name: Olive Annie Wheeler
Date of birth: 1886
Date of death: 1963
Parent: Henry Burford Wheeler
Parent: Annie Wheeler (née Poole)
Gender: Female
Occupation: Professor of Education
Area of activity: Education
Author: Mary Auronwy James

Born in 1886, daughter of Henry Burford Wheeler, Brecon. She was educated at Brecon County School for Girls and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she was president of the Students' Representative Council and graduated B.Sc. (1907); she received a M.Sc. degree (1911) and was elected a Fellow of the University of Wales. She went as a research student to Bedford College, London, and to the University of Paris, and obtained a D.Sc. degree in psychology (1916) at the University of London. Her appointment as lecturer in mental and moral science at Cheltenham Ladies College was followed by a lectureship in education at the University of Manchester, where she also served as dean of the Faculty of Education before moving to the University College at Cardiff. In 1925 she became Professor of Education there, and was for a period dean of the Faculty of Education at the college. She was particularly interested in the use of psychology in teaching methods. After working much with youth groups and student associations she became chairman of the Welsh Advisory Council on Youth Employment in 1947, and chairman of the South Wales District of the Workers Education Association. She served on many educational committees and councils and was created D.B.E. in 1950 for services to education. Three years after her retirement in 1951 she went to Canada on a lecture tour. Her contribution to theories of education was known in many parts of the world through her numerous publications which include: Anthropomorphism and Science (1916), Bergson and Education (1922), Youth (1929), Creative education and the future (1936), ' The mind of the child ' in Nursery School Education (G. Owen, editor, 1939), The adventure of youth (1945), part III of Mental Health and Education (1961); and papers in psychological and educational journals. She resided at Woodlands, Betws-y-coed Road, Cyncoed, Cardiff, and died suddenly, 26 September 1963.


Published date: 2001

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