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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