DESIGNING A FRAMEWORK FOR FUTURE ECONOMISTS’ DIGITAL COMPETENCE

Keywords: digital competence, digital competence framework, future economists, expert assessment

Abstract

The article discusses the concept of future economists’ digital competence. It is noted that the development of this competence is an integral characteristic of a modern specialist, including the economic industry, that is confirmed by the foreign and national studies. The development of digital competence is a continuous process, which does not end after a specific training course, but continues throughout life. This raises the question of measuring and assessing the level of its development among future economists. Since digital competence is a complex integrated concept, to measure the level of its development it is advisable to apply more general approaches that focus on the main aspects, taking into account further adaptation depending on a specific target group, needs, tasks, etc. This approach is offered by a framework of (digital) competence. The analysis of modern approaches (DigComp, DigCompEdu, DigCompOrg, OpenEdu, DigCompConsumers, EntreComp, etc.) showed that the framework contributes to unification for understanding the main categories, a common vision of the model results; based on the framework, more narrowly oriented indicators can be developed; the framework can be used as a tool for comparing skills and competences in national and international contexts, etc. Taking into account international approaches to determining the levels of digital competence development, the authors have developed a framework for future economists’ digital competence. The framework presents the skills, the competence’s components (working with data, communication, content development, security, problem solving), indicators and levels of development (low, basic, sufficient and high). After the expert assessment, it was found out that the majority of experts (93.4%) evaluate the proposed framework positively. The presented framework for future economists’ digital competence can be the basis for the development of narrower frameworks for specific economic or related specialties.

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Author Biographies

Valery Y. Plaksiienko, Poltava State Agrarian Academy

Doctor of Sciences in Economic, Professor, Head of the Department of Accounting and Economic Control

Lyudmila A. Dorogan-Pisarenko, Poltava State Agrarian Academy

PhD of Economic Sciences, Docent, Dean of the Faculty of Accounting and Finance

Tetiana B. Pryidak, Poltava State Agrarian Academy

PhD of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting and Economic Control

Olha V. Leha, Poltava State Agrarian Academy

PhD of Economic Sciences, Docent, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting and Economic Control

Liudmyla V. Ialoveha, Poltava State Agrarian Academy

PhD of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting and Economic Control

Elena H. Krasota, Poltava State Agrarian Academy

PhD of Economic Sciences, Docent, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting and Economic Control

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Published
2020-12-22
How to Cite
Plaksiienko, V. Y., Dorogan-Pisarenko, L. A., Pryidak, T. B., Leha, O. V., Ialoveha, L. V., & Krasota, E. H. (2020). DESIGNING A FRAMEWORK FOR FUTURE ECONOMISTS’ DIGITAL COMPETENCE. Information Technologies and Learning Tools, 80(6), 140-160. https://doi.org/10.33407/itlt.v80i6.3885
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ICT and learning tools in the higher education establishments

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