A Technological Proposal Using Virtual Worlds to Support Entrepreneurship Education for Primary School Children

  • Angela PereiraEmail author
  • Paulo Martins
  • Leonel Morgado
  • Benjamim Fonseca
  • Micaela Esteves
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 715)


The importance of entrepreneurship education from elementary school through college is now recognized as an important aspect of children’s education. At the level of basic education, the development of entrepreneurial activities using Information and Communication Technologies, specifically three-dimensional virtual worlds, is seen as an area with potential for exploration.

The research presented herein is a model that allows the development of entrepreneurial activities in virtual worlds with children attending primary education. This model allows the preparation, monitoring and development of entrepreneurship education activities in virtual worlds, including safe interaction in virtual worlds between the children and the community. For this, we identified a set of requirements that would allow the teaching and learning of entrepreneurship in virtual worlds, from which a technological model was implemented through an application, EMVKids (after the Portuguese expression “Empreendedorismo em Mundos Virtuais com Crianças”, entrepreneurship with children in virtual worlds).


Entrepreneurship Primary education Three-dimensional virtual worlds Collaborative learning Educational virtual environment User-Centered Design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela Pereira
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paulo Martins
    • 2
    • 4
  • Leonel Morgado
    • 3
    • 4
  • Benjamim Fonseca
    • 2
    • 4
  • Micaela Esteves
    • 5
  1. 1.CiTUR - Tourism Applied Research CentreIPLeiria-Polytechnic Institute of LeiriaLeiriaPortugal
  2. 2.UTAD - University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto DouroVila RealPortugal
  3. 3.Universidade AbertaCoimbraPortugal
  4. 4.INESC TECPortoPortugal
  5. 5.CIIC - Computer Science and Communication ResearchIPLeiria-Polytechnic Institute of LeiriaLeiriaPortugal

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