James Madison University

Play, Learn, and Enjoy: Journey Around the World

Dr. Elena Savina together with doctoral students Vesna Hart, Lauren Mays, Krystal Studivant, and Marlana Ashe developed and implemented an afterschool program “Play, Learn, and Enjoy: Journey Around the World” at Waterman Elementary school in Harrisonburg. This program systematically employs socio-cultural ideas of guided participation, socially-shared cognition, and mediation. Students “traveled” around the US and the world and learned about different cultures. They were engaged in collaborative projects which required cooperation, problem-solving, and decision making skills.

JMU students with children
JMU students with children
JMU students with children