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Game Based Learning Contexts for Soft Skills Development

This paper presents the results of the use of Game-based learning (GBL) with the goal to improve soft skills. The research question was if GBL enable the development of leadership, team management and time management skills. The methodological approach of this research was qualitative, privileging the interpretative approach and the main technique used was content analysis from the forums of discussion of several courses. The main skills developed were: a) leadership: organization, decision making, resources management, and financial skills b) team management: manage all the people and the resources and the allocation of tasks to each member of the team; and c) time management: planning, defining priorities and managing stress, in order to accomplish all the goals defined. The major originality of the research was the analogy process between the games situations and the organizational life resulting on the creation of a leadership typology.


Maria José Sousa    
Universidade de Coimbra

Álvaro Rocha    
Universidade de Coimbra


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