Angel Urbina-Garcia

Dr Angel Urbina Garcia

Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and Lecturer in Early Childhood

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Education

Summary

Dr Urbina-Garcia is a Chartered Psychologist in the UK (BPS), a developmental psychologist and an expert in online learning.

He is an international developmental psychologist having completed his PhD in the Psychology in Education Research Centre from the University of York (UK). He has extensive experience as lecturer in psychology and early years education in both, face-to-face and online environments having taught in three continents namely Asia, Europe and America. He is currently a lecturer in early childhood and the Director of the Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the School of Education and Social Sciences, and is the recipient of Excellence Teaching Awards. He has also been a governmental adviser attending to meetings at national level specifically regarding the early years curriculum sharing his expertise in areas of educational and developmental assessment, teaching methods, teacher training and curriculum development. Dr. Urbina has also shared his work in the field of teacher training with the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean; (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) with a view to establishing a line of work with Latin American teachers.

After working as a classroom teacher for a number of years, he worked as the Regional Coordinator of Child Psychologists overseeing 19 childcare and educational centres and working with a rage of professionals. While working for a private university, he was elected as the President of the Postgraduate Academy of Psychology (for two years in a row), overseeing the work of more than 20 lecturers, senior lecturers and professors in psychology.

As an expert in online learning, Dr. Urbina has developed ample expertise when working with a range of platforms for online education with international students while in his role as lecturer in psychology for Russell Group Universities. He has also delivered a number of international CPD courses and webinars to online lecturers and has been recognised as a specialist for intake modules -easing the transition of international students' to the online world. Dr Urbina has mentored a number of newly appointed online lecturers in psychology.

He has ample experience in working with children, parents, teachers, teaching assistants, teacher training and headteachers, as well as child psychologists, pedagogists, social workers, nutritionists, educators and paediatricians. Dr Urbina-Garcia is an international expert in designing and facilitating seminars, workshops and CPD courses to a range of professionals in both fields, psychology and education -either face-to-face or online.

Affiliations:

BPS: British Psychological Society

CPsyhcol: Chartered Psychologist in the UK (BPS)

Division: Psychology and Education England’s North East branch

APA: American Psychological Association

Division 15: Educational Psychology

Division 7: Developmental Psychology

HEA: Higher Education Academy, UK

BERA: British Educational Research Association

SOCMEX: Mexican Society of Psychology

EECERA: European Early Childhood and Education Research Association

Member of the SIG (Special Interest Group) on transitions of the European Early Childhood and Education Research Association

International Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals:

*Journal of Educational Psychology

*Early Childhood Research Quarterly

*Journal of Education for Teaching

*Journal of Early Intervention

*Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

*Current Psychology Journal

*Teaching and Teacher Education

*Canadian Journal of School Psychology

etc.

Undergraduate

Dr. Urbina has extensive experience in face-to-face, blended and online learning having taught a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in both, psychology and education fields. He has taught a range of modules such as Applied Psychology, Personality Theories, Qualitative Reasoning in Applied Psychology, Social Psychology, Child Development, Educational Psychology, Learning Across the Lifespan, Mind, Brain and Behaviour, Fundamentals of Psychology, Public Health and Psychology, Theory and Practice of Psychological Interview, Today's Psychology, Biological Basis of Human Behaviour, Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches to Treatment, Sociological and Psychological Perspectives of Learning, International Constructions of Childhood, Creativity in Early Years Education, Research Methods in Psychology and Education, etc.

Dr. Urbina has lectured in three different continents with students from more than 25 countries around the world, and supervised a number of undergrad and postgrad dissertations. In addition to working with students aged 18-21, he has also vast experience working in adult-education programmes with international students following an andragogical approach. He has ample experience in working with adults/professionals when working as lecturer in psychology of Continuing Education Departments at different universities.

He has extensive experience as lecturer in psychology in online programmes using different platforms such as MOODLE, VLE, CANVAS, Blackboard, Kaltura, Blackboard Collaborate, etc. and favours the use of digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment.

Journal Article

The best-achieving Online Students are overrepresented in Course Ratings

Tejeiro, R., Whitelock-Wainwright, A., Perez, A., & Urbina-Garcia, A. (2018). The best-achieving Online Students are overrepresented in Course Ratings. European Journal of Open Education and e-Learning Studies, 3(2), 43-58. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1456188

Educating young people about society in China, England, Mexico and Spain: similar approaches to values education from different contexts

Brown, E., Chen, D., Davies, I., Urbina Garcia, A., & Munguia Godinez, I. (2019). Educating young people about society in China, England, Mexico and Spain: similar approaches to values education from different contexts. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2019.1647513

Preschool transition in Mexico: Exploring teachers' perceptions and practices

Urbina-Garcia, A. (2019). Preschool transition in Mexico: Exploring teachers' perceptions and practices. Teaching and Teacher Education, 85, 226-234. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2019.06.012

Methodological Strategies to Listen to Children’s Voices: A Systematic Critical Review

Urbina Garcia, A. (2019). Methodological Strategies to Listen to Children’s Voices: A Systematic Critical Review. Revista Colombiana de Educación, 1(77), 1-25. https://doi.org/10.17227/rce.num77-9650

Children's Problems During the Preschool Transition: Views of Mexican Teachers

Urbina-Garcia, A., & Kyriacou, C. (2018). Children's Problems During the Preschool Transition: Views of Mexican Teachers. European scientific journal, 14(22), 1857-7881. https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2018.v14n22p154

Research interests

Dr Urbina's primary research interests focus on the preschool transition, listening to children’s voices and children’s well-being/happiness. He is also interested in research on digital technologies applied in education/early years and adult online learning -specifically, online students' engagement and online lecturers' behaviours and practices.

Dr. Urbina's research findings have been disseminated widely in different international conferences including US, Greece, Spain, England, Mexico, Scotland, Holland, Italy etc., and his work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals.

More specifically:

Children's happiness and well-being, child development (i.e., social, emotional and cognitive skills), children’s learning processes, preschool transition, parental styles, development of children’s resilience, positive discipline, educational psychology, children’s learning styles, teachers’ pedagogical practices, children’s academic performance, psychology of learning.

Online Learning: Students’ engagement and motivation in online learning, effective practices of online lecturer, instructor-student communication, provision of feedback in online courses and online lecturers' behaviours and practices.

Research supervision

I am happy to hear from potential students interested in undertaking postgraduate research in any of my areas of research interest.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Urbina is happy to hear from potential students interested in undertaking postgraduate research in any of his areas of research interest.