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Dr Rebecca English

Dr Rebecca English

Lecturer, Faculty of Education (QUT)

Dr Rebecca English is a researcher, teacher and mother whose work is concerned with parenting and education.

She has an interest in the ways parents make choices for their children that align with their beliefs about family, parenting and other factors. She is interested in how parenting practices and beliefs are enacted in families and how these practices and beliefs lead to parents making certain choices for their children.

Her work is concerned with how cultural and social values are transferred through family choices for their children. For example, how school experiences link with family choices, and the engagement between schools and families, and how these engagements affect and influence education choices and satisfaction.

Rebecca qualified as a teacher in 1998 and has been teaching for 20 years. She has worked with a number of different schools teaching in the senior-secondary and middle years. She currently teaches research methods, film and English Curriculum units at QUT.

In 2016, she co-edited her first book, Gender Considerations in Online Consumption and Internet Use. She continues to publish widely in academic and popular press. She has been interviewed for television programs such as The Project, ABC Mornings and SBS/Vice's short productions as well as dailies including the Sydney Morning Herald, Courier Mail and various other publications.

Questions answered by Rebecca

How to help siblings get along

Sibling fighting! I have two young boys less than two years apart who seem to do nothing but fight! The older one mimics the younger one when he's upset and is rough, the younger one (2.5yrs) purposefully does stuff to annoy his older brother etc. We have also caught the older one ganging up on his younger brother with cousins which was so disappointing! How do we encourage brotherly love and encourage them to care about and stick up for the other?

Behaviour change since second baby

Help! My 3.5 year old has morphed into the devil child! He's always been strong willed but since having a second baby a month ago his behaviour is so bad I am afraid to take him out! He is yelling and arguing and crying and punching - I can't take him to the park for fear he will hit another child! He's very smart and very outgoing and I am just out of ideas! What can I do?

What to do about pushing and hitting?

Help- my almost three year old has starting hitting. I've noticed he does it to get a reaction, either from us or his bigger brother. Sometimes it's in response to something he doesn't like i.e something taken away from him, sometimes it's purely just to niggle his brother (4.5yrs) to get a reaction. He also does it to random kids if they get too much in his space - for example if a child comes and sits and tries to enter the play he tells them to go away and will push/hit them. What do I do?