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What is Sociocultural Theory

Handbook of Research on Promoting Economic and Social Development Through Serious Games
Coined by contemporary scholars, the term refers to a set of theoretical frameworks that originated in the Soviet Union in the beginning of the 20th century by Lev Vygotsky and his colleagues, Alexander Luria, and Alexei Leont’ev. These frameworks included Vygotsky’s Cultural-Historical Psychology and Leont’ev’s Activity Theory.
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A Rationale for Leveraging Serious Game Design Through Sociocultural Theory
Ilias Karasavvidis (University of Thessaly, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9732-3.ch014
The present work focuses on the issue of serious game design (SGD) through the lens of sociocultural theory. First, the main challenges that the field of SGD faces are briefly outlined. Second, Vygotsky's sociocultural theory is introduced and explored as a means to address these challenges. Third, a rationale for SGD that is informed by Vygotsky's ideas is introduced. This rationale is based on (1) viewing concepts as psychological tools and (2) conceptualizing two types of resources for SGD: exploration and application. According to this rationale, SGD needs to include a problem, exploration resources, and application resources. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the major implications of the proposed rationale for SGD.
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