Seeking Adequate Competencies for the Future

Digital Skills of Finnish Upper Secondary School Students

  • Meri-Tuulia Kaarakainen Research Unit for the Sociology of Education, University of Turku https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3995-9932
  • Suvi-Sadeteta Kaarakainen Research Unit for the Sociology of Education, University of Turku
  • Antero Kivinen Research Unit for the Sociology of Education, University of Turku

Abstract

Digital skills are a prerequisite today for working, studying, civic participation, and maintaining social relationships in our digitalised technical world. These skills are important both as a goal and an instrument of learning. This study briefly presents the aims that are related to digital skills of the Finnish curricula, and examine the level and variation in digital skills of Finnish upper secondary school students (N = 3206). The relationship of digital skills to gender, age, current educational choices, and future intentions is also investigated, and the relationship between these results and the curricula is probed in the discussion. Variability of digital skills among upper secondary students is one of the main findings of the study. On the same educational level, these digital skills vary enormously particularly according to students’ current educational choices. Digital skills are also distinctly associated with ages for 15 to 22-year-olds. However, gender appears to have no prominent effect on the level or adeptness of upper secondary school students’ digital skills.

Author Biographies

Meri-Tuulia Kaarakainen, Research Unit for the Sociology of Education, University of Turku

Meri-Tuulia Kaarakainen is a PhD student at the Research Unit for Sociology of Education RUSE, University of Turku. She is also the Head of Research IT Unit in University of Turku.

Suvi-Sadeteta Kaarakainen, Research Unit for the Sociology of Education, University of Turku

Kaarakainen Suvi-Sadetta is a project researcher at the Research Unit for Sociology of Education RUSE, University of Turku. She is also a PhD student in cultural history at University of Turku.

Antero Kivinen, Research Unit for the Sociology of Education, University of Turku

Kivinen Antero is a PhD student and a project researcher at the Research Unit for Sociology of Education RUSE, University of Turku.

Published
2018-09-14
Section
Peer-Reviewed Articles