Seeking Adequate Competencies for the Future
Digital Skills of Finnish Upper Secondary School Students
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.
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