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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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GONZALEZ-MORENO, Claudia Ximena. Formation of the symbolic function through the thematic social role-play in preschool. [online]. 2015, vol.63, n.2, pp.235-241. ISSN 0120-0011.

Background. The symbolic function is a psychological formation that becomes more complex during preschool age through thematic social role-play . The role-play method is an innovative proposal that has been worked and developed within the historical-cultural pedagogy approach in education and psychology in this development age. It has been observed in several studies that, through this type of games, different psychic abilities are strengthened. Thus, it is relevant to address the particularities of such activities and their impact on children. Objective. To explain how it is possible to form the symbolic function through thematic social role-play in a group of 20 preschoolers in the city of Bogotá. Materials and methods. From the cultural-historical approach, the formation of the symbolic function is studied during its development in thematic social role-play using the formative experimental method proposed by Vigotsky. Results. Children manage to generalize symbolic actions during the role representation by understanding adult verbal guidance and, subsequently, performing creative acts in the interaction with other roles. Conclusion. The advanced forms of thematic social role-play allow the development of more complex forms of symbolic functioning.

Keywords : Child development; Personality development; Child; Preschool; Psychology; child; Play.

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