Playworlds and executive functions in children: theorising with the cultural-historical analytical lenses

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    This paper provides a theorisation of developmental conditions to support executive functions (working memory, inhibition and shifting) in children in playworlds settings, where children and teachers play together in collectively created imaginary situations. Vygotsky’s general law of development of psychological functions constitutes the general frame for the analysis of the process of development of executive functions (EF) in playworlds, and the theoretical concepts of drama, social situation of development and perezhivanie are used as analytical tools to examine opportunities of playworlds to support children executive functions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)124-141
    Number of pages18
    JournalIntegrative Psychological and Behavioral Science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


    • Cultural-historical theory
    • Drama
    • Executive functions
    • Perezhivanie
    • Playworlds
    • Social situation of development

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