Aleryk Fricker

Dr Aleryk Fricker

Lecturer

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DSCSchool of Education


Email: aleryk.fricker@rmit.edu.au


Phone: +614 1716 3554


Campus: Bundoora


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Aleryk Fricker profile photo. He faces forward and is smiling

Contact details

DSCSchool of Education


Email: aleryk.fricker@rmit.edu.au


Phone: +61 3 9925 9403


Campus: Bundoora


Programs

More information

Dr Aleryk Fricker is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung man and a passionate educator and researcher focused on ways to decolonise education to benefit all students. 

Overview

Dr. Aleryk (Al) Fricker is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung early career researcher who completed his PhD through Charles Darwin University in 2021. He is currently employed at RMIT University as a Lecturer in the School of Education. He was formally a Primary and Secondary school teacher and has a passion for everything teaching and learning.

Dr. Fricker is an active teacher and researcher and works hard with the next generation of teachers so they have the knowledge and skills to begin to decolonise their classrooms to benefit the next generations of students. He uses a decolonised pedagogical approach to ensure that his students can benefit from engaging with First Nations educational practices that are tens of thousands of years old.

Al's research is focused on both the research that justifies the need for decolonisation as well as the practical outcomes and the applied processes for school leadership, classroom teachers, curriculum designers, and the school communities. his research therefore focuses on educational reform and policy that can support the educational outcomes of all, and especially First Nations students.

He is an active member of the First Nations academic staff at RMIT University and his fulfilled various roles including being the Ngulu lead for the School of Education and engaging with various roles within the RMIT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Committee.

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Industry experience

  • Former Primary and Secondary school teacher (3.5 years)
  • Print Media Journalism (8 years)
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Research

Al's research focus is on the interplay between decolonisation and First Nations sovereignty within the education system in Australia. It explores ways that the education system can be decolonised to allow for sovereign First Nations ways of teaching and learning to be present in classrooms and how this can benefit all students regardless of their cultural contexts. This is underpinned by Critical Race Theory, social justice frameworks, and First Nations teaching and learning practices.

Research keywords

Indigenous Education, Decolonised Education, Browning, Curriculum, Pedagogy, Education Reform, First Nations Sovereignty

Research output summary

8

Publications

2

Projects

2

Awards

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Supervisor interest areas

  • Decolonising education
  • Indigenous education
  • Social justice in education

Supervisor projects

  • One HDR Student - Social Work

Feature publications

Race, Gender, and Sexualities in Australian Teacher Education: Reflections from the Intersections

Gender. Race, and Class in the Lives of Today’s Teachers – Educators at the Intersections

Fricker, A, Gray, E, Crowhurst, M (2021).

Good Humanities: History 10

Matilda Education

Lawless, B, Green, D, O’Brien, P, Shephard, N, Van Weringh, I, Fricker, A, Elliott, S (2021).

Indigenous perspectives: Controversy in the history classroom?

Agora

Fricker, A (2017).

Key publications by year

  • Lawless, B; Green, D; O’Brien, P; Shephard, N; Van Weringh, I; Fricker, A, Elliott, S. (2021) Good Humanities: History 10. Matilda Education: Fitzroy
  • Tesar, M; Peters, M; White, E. J; Arndt, S; Charteris, J; Fricker, A; Johansson, V; Sturm, S; Hood, N; Madjar, A (2021). ‘Infanticides: The Unspoken Side of Infantologies’ Educational Philosophy and Theory.
  • Fricker, A; Gray, E; Crowhurst, M (2021). ‘Race, Gender, and Sexualities in Australian Teacher Education: Reflections from the Intersections’ in Murti, L. and Flores, G eds. Gender. Race, and Class in the Lives of Today’s Teachers – Educators at the Intersections, Springer: New York
  • Lawless, B; Green, D; O’Brien, P; Shephard, N; Van Weringh, I; Fricker, A (2020) Good Humanities: History 9. Matilda Education: Fitzroy
  • Bridgen, C; Fricker, A; Johnson, J; Chester, A (2020). ‘Speaking Together: Reflections of Reconciliation, Yarning Circles, and Signature Pedagogies’ in McLaughlin, T; Chester, A; Kennedy, B; Young, S eds. Tertiary Education in a Time of Change, Singapore: Springer pp. 129-42
  • Fricker, A; Judd, B (2018). ‘The Intersections of Education, Sport, and Culture at Papunya: The Need for Field Based Research in Remote Inland Australia’ Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 21(1-2), pp. 2-22
  • Fricker, A., (2017). ‘Indigenous perspectives: Controversy in the history classroom?’ Agora, 52(4) pp. 4-12.
  • Fricker, A., (2015). ‘Speaking with one voice: A partnerships approach in RMIT’s ‘I Belong’ program’, Learning Communities-International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, 17, pp. 30-43.
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Feature projects

Australians Together - Lived Experience Research

$260,000 

J. Guenther, R. Ober, S. Weuffen, A. Fricker, S. Wooltorton, S. Osborne, D. Holtze, M. Baak, S. Kelly, S. Schulz, K. Sinclair.

2021 - 2023

Aboriginal Voices

$200,000

K. Lowe, C. Burgess, N. Moodie, S. Weuffen, A. Fricker

Completed

Key projects by year

  • Australians Together - Lived Experience Research, $260,000
    J. Guenther, R. Ober, S. Weuffen, A. Fricker, S. Wooltorton, S. Osborne, D. Holtze, M. Baak, S. Kelly, S. Schulz, K. Sinclair.
    2021-2023
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Awards

RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Strategic Contributions to Learning and Teaching Initiatives that Exemplify RMIT’s Commitment to Student Belonging

Award date: 2019

Recipients: Aleryk Fricker

RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Distinguished Teaching for Excellence

Award date: 2019

Recipients: Aleryk Fricker

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Public and media engagements

2021

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.