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.