More than 90 per cent of Scots back the injection of more Scottish content into the curriculum, according to a study commissioned by the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum and partially prompted by concern about pupils' poor understanding of Scottish history.
The study across a range of public bodies showed strong support for a separate culture and identity north of the border.
Robbie Robertson, the council's assistant director, told a conference at Moray House Institute in Edinburgh last week there was no doubt in people's minds that history, the arts, literature and language created a clear sense of Scottish identity. A questionnaire was sent to more than 1,000 bodies and some 400 replied.
Mr Robertson said 53 per cent agreed Scots culture was strongly distinctive, while 43 per cent said it existed in some form.
The findings show that 92 per cent want schools to pass on the country's culture through teaching.
The council has recently published 5-14 materials on Scots language and reviewed Scottish history teaching.