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-Sadetta 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 also important both as a general goal and an instrument for learning. This study briefly presents the aims that are related to digital skills of the Finnish curricula, and explores, using a large sample (N = 3,206) of Finnish upper secondary school students, these young people’s digital skills and their distribution. The study provides new insights into the state of these skills and differences found in them and focuses on the relationship between these results and the students’ present educational choices and future study/employment intentions. The actual variability of digital skills among upper secondary students is one of the main findings of the study. On the same educational level, it was found that digital skills vary enormously, particularly for students’ current educational choices and their future intentions. Digital skills are also distinctly associated with age for 15 to 22-year-olds. At the same time, gender alone 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-Sadetta 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