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Programme for international student assessment 2000 — scotland analysis

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PROGRAMME FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSESSMENT 2000 - SCOTLAND ANALYSIS

Perceived comfort in use of computers

10. In all countries surveyed, more male students felt comfortable with computers than female students. In Scotland this difference was fairly small, with 83 per cent of female students feeling comfortable in the use of computers, compared to 87 per cent of male students. Both these figures were well above the OECD average.

Table 37. PISA index of comfort with and perceived ability to use computers, by gender, by country

PISA index of comfort with and perceived ability to use computers

Using a computer

Very comfortable or comfortable

Somewhat comfortable or not at all comfortable

Females

Males

Females

Males

Females

Males

Australia

0.30

0.56

%

%

%

%

86

91

14

9

Belgium

-0.07

0.35

72

86

28

14

Canada

0.32

0.67

85

92

15

8

Czech Republic

-0.53

-0.07

47

72

53

28

Denmark

-0.41

0.31

57

80

43

20

Finland

-0.42

0.19

64

84

36

16

Germany

-0.53

-0.07

49

73

51

27

Hungary

-0.48

-0.20

80

89

20

11

Ireland

-0.19

-0.08

73

77

27

23

Luxembourg

-0.29

0.11

58

77

42

23

Mexico

-0.23

-0.14

70

72

30

28

New Zealand

0.21

0.27

85

87

15

13

SCOTLAND

0.31

0.46

83

87

17

13

Sweden

-0.41

0.22

67

88

33

12

Switzerland

-0.48

-0.03

47

73

53

27

United States

0.54

0.70

88

91

12

9

Country mean

-0.17

0.21

70

82

30

18

Brazil

-0.62

-0.35

57

68

43

32

Latvia

-0.35

-0.07

59

74

41

26

Liechtenstein

-0.52

-0.02

43

77

57

23

Russian Federation

-0.39

-0.24

53

62

47

38

Chart 16. Percentage of 15-year-old males and females who reported that they were very comfortable or comfortable using a computer

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