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PROGRAMME FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSESSMENT 2000 - SCOTLAND ANALYSIS

Quality and Use of School Resources

3. Thirteen per cent of 15 year olds in Scotland were enrolled in schools where the headteacher was concerned about the lack of educational material in the library. This proportion was higher in all other countries except Hungary and New Zealand. The comparison between Scotland and the UK as a whole is particularly striking. The situation is perceived to be much worse in the rest of the UK. The number of 15 year olds in Scotland reporting that they never used the school library was much closer to the OECD average.

4. The proportion of headteachers concerned about the lack of computers was considerably higher than the proportion concerned about the quality of the library in most countries, including Scotland (35 per cent) (in the UK as a whole it was much higher at 56 per cent). The proportion of 15 year olds in Scotland reporting that they never used computers at school was well below the OECD average, but higher than in a number of countries, including the rest of the UK and the Scandinavian countries.

Table 32. Quality and use of school resources, by country

Quality and use of the school library

Availability and use of computers

Quality and use of science laboratory equipment

Percentage of students enrolled in schools where principals report that learning is hindered to some extent or a lot by lack of instructional material in the library

Percentage of students who report that they

Percentage of students enrolled in schools where principals report that learning is hindered to some extent or a lot by lack of computers

Percentage of students who report that they

Percentage of students enrolled in schools where school principals report that learning is hindered to some extent or a lot by inadequate science laboratory equipment

Percentage of students who report that they

never use the school library

use the school library at least several times a month

never use computers in the school

use computers in the school at least several times a month

never use the science laboratory

use the science laboratory at least several times a month

OECD countries

Australia

17

11

35

30

8

60

16

16

61

Austria

22

67

4

38

15

68

34

57

25

Belgium

24

69

4

19

27

48

19

43

27

Canada

20

19

22

31

14

50

19

20

44

Czech Republic

25

74

4

37

33

47

22

62

17

Denmark

14

14

43

28

2

79

21

11

77

Finland

43

53

6

43

6

64

43

67

9

France

15

31

20

28

35

22

13

43

33

Germany

35

73

10

50

38

32

32

41

37

Greece

50

60

6

68

31

37

64

50

14

Hungary

12

42

11

13

15

72

27

70

8

Iceland

37

29

21

45

10

66

53

47

23

Ireland

48

69

7

41

35

42

42

22

59

Italy

34

71

3

32

26

53

37

51

21

Japan

24

50

16

31

60

22

34

50

19

Korea

35

65

13

24

30

57

28

25

40

Luxembourg

16

51

11

23

22

49

14

55

24

Mexico

60

16

33

68

49

30

66

33

35

New Zealand

11

10

32

40

16

41

19

15

65

Norway

59

20

22

61

11

44

49

10

62

Poland

32

19

21

39

27

55

43

37

33

Portugal

17

16

38

39

30

33

23

47

33

SCOTLAND

13

31

20

35

16

59

21

21

64

Spain

27

44

14

30

40

37

32

37

29

Sweden

27

15

36

51

10

60

16

6

83

Switzerland

15

46

12

23

23

43

16

44

29

United Kingdom

38

31

18

56

9

63

42

7

67

United States

21

21

20

31

12

44

23

23

34

OECD total

29

36

18

38

29

41

32

33

34

Country mean

30

39

18

38

24

49

32

37

37

Non-OECD countries

Brazil

36

21

28

63

61

14

55

57

11

Latvia

47

14

28

40

30

45

60

50

18

Liechtenstein

21

43

9

41

12

57

58

33

41

Russian Federation

78

12

42

86

52

32

79

17

50