Ageliki Nicolopoulou


Sociocultural developmental psychology:  the development of narrative production and comprehension, the developmental roles of narrative and play, social cognition, identity formation, the peer group as a matrix for learning and development, the interplay of literacy and oral language, and analysis of children's books. 

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Selected Publications (for more, see webpage):

Aksu-Koc, A., Nicolopoulou, A. (in press). Character reference in young children’s narratives: A comparison of English, Greek, and Turkish. Lingua, Special Issue: Acquisition of Reference and Referentiality. pdf

Tsimpli, I.M., Papakonstatinou, M., Nicolopoulou, A. (2014). Linguistic structure and narrative quality in child L1 production. N. Lavidas, T. Alexiou, & A.M. Sougati (Eds.). Major Trends in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics 2. Selected Papers from the 20th INSTAL (pp. 287-403). De Gruyter Open (formely Versita).

Nicolopoulou, A., Brockmeyer, C., de Sá, A., & Ilgaz, H. (2014). Narrative performance, peer group culture, and narrative development in a preschool classroom. In A. Cakaite, S. Blum-Kulka, V. Aukrust, & E. Teubal (Eds.). Children’s Peer Talk: Learning from Each Other (pp. 42-62). NY: Cambridge University Press.

Nicolopoulou, A. & Ilgaz, H. (2013). What do we know about pretend play and narrative development?: A response to Lillard, Lerner, Hopkins, Dore, Smith, and Palmquist on “The impact of pretend play on children’s development: A review of the evidence.” American Journal of Play [Special Issue], 6(1), 55-80.

Nicolopoulou, A. (2011). Children’s storytelling: Toward an interpretive and sociocultural approach. Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies, 3, 25-48.

Nicolopoulou, A. (2010). The alarming disappearance of play from early childhood education.  Human Devel­opment53(1), 1-4. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. , de Sá, A., Ilgaz, H., & Brockmeyer, C. (2010). Using the transformative power of play to educate hearts and minds: From Vygotsky to Vivian Paley and beyond. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 5, 61-71. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. & Cole, M. (2010). Design experimentation as a theoretical and empirical tool for developmental pedagogical research. Pedagogies: An International Journal17, 1-17. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. & Weintraub, J. (2009). Why operativity-in-context is not quite a sociocultural model. Commentary on: The social and the psychological: Structure and context in intellectual development, by Psaltis, Duveen, & Perrett-Clermont. Human Development , 52, 320-328. [Invited Commentary]  PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. (2008). Rethinking character representation and its development in children's narratives. In J. Guo et al. (Eds.), Crosslinguistic Approaches to the Psychology of Language: Research in the Tradition of Dan Isaac Slobin (pp. 241- 251). New York: Taylor & Francis. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. (2008). The elementary forms of narrative coherence in  young children's storytelling.  Narrative Inquiry18, 299-325. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. & Richner, E.S. (2007). From actors to agents to persons: The development of character representation in young children's narratives. Child Development78, 412-429. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. (2007). The interplay of play and narrative in children's development: Theoretical reflections and concrete examples. In A.Goncu & S. Gaskins (Eds.) Play and Development: Evolutionary, Sociocultural, and Functional Perspectives (pp. 247-273). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A., McDowell, J., & Brockmeyer, C. (2006). Narrative play and emergent literacy: Storytelling and story-acting meet journal writing. In D. Singer, R. Golinkoff & K. Hirsh-Pasek (Eds.) Play=Learning (pp. 124-144). New York: Oxford University Press. PDF

NICHD Early Child Care Research Network (2005). Pathways to reading: The role of oral language in the transition to reading. Developmental Psychology41, 428-442. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. & Richner, E. S. (2004). "When your powers combine, I am Captain Planet": The development significance of individual- and group-authored stories by preschoolers. Discourse Studies6, 347-371. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. (2002). Peer-group culture and narrative development. In S. Blum-Kulka & C. E. Snow (Eds.), Talking to Adults (pp. 117-152). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. PDF

Richner, E. S., & Nicolopoulou, A. (2001). The narrative construction of differing conceptions of the person in the development of young children's social understanding. Early Education and Development12,393-432. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. & Cole, M.. (1999). Literacy and cognition. In D.A. Wagner, R.L. Venezky, & B.V. Street (Eds.), Literacy: An International Handbook (pp. 81-86). Boulder, CO: Westview. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. & Weintraub, J. (1998). Individual and collective representations in social context: A modest contribution to resuming the interrupted project of a sociocultural developmental psychology.  Human Development41, 215-235. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. (1997). Worldmaking and identity formation in children's narrative play- acting. In B. Cox & C. Lightfoot (Eds.), Sociogenetic Perspectives on Internalization  (pp.157 - 187). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. (1997). Children and narratives: Toward an interpretive and sociocultural approach. In M. Bamberg (Ed.). Narrative Development: Six Approaches (pp. 179 - 215). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. (1997). Labov's legacy for narrative research--and its ironies. Journal of Narrative and Life History7, 369-377. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. (1996). Narrative development in social context. In D.I. Slobin, J. Gerhardt, J. Guo, &  A. Kyratzis (Eds.), Social Interaction, Social Context, and Language: Essays in  Honor of Susan Ervin-Tripp (pp. 369-390). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A., Scales, B., & Weintraub, J. (1994). Gender differences and symbolic imagination in the stories of four-year-olds. In A.H. Dyson & C. Genishi (Eds.), The Need for Story: Cultural Diversity in Classroom and Community (pp. 102-123). Urbana, IL: NCTE. PDF

Nicolopoulou, A. (1993). Play, cognitive development, and the social world: Piaget, Vygotsky, and beyond. Human Development36, 1-23. PDF

Lehigh University Psychology - Ageliki Nicolopoulou
Professor of Psychology and Global Studies
337 Chandler-Ullman Hall
University of California at Berkeley Ph.D. 1985 (Developmental Psychology)
University of Rhode Island M.A. 1977 (Psychology)
University of Rhode Island B.A. 1973 (Psychology)

Teaching Interests: 

Sociocultural developmental psychology
Narrative, Storytelling, & Psychology