In 2005 by reforming its primary school curriculum Turkey has introduced a set of regarding methods of acquiring and teaching national spiritual cultural and universal values. Considered within the contexts of Turkey’s EU bid and globalisation, acquisition of moral values bears importance for the national education system of Turkey. This study aims to bring to light in a comparative way the acquisition level of some universal values such as tolerance, respect, helpfulness, fairness and honesty among pupils who are about to finish primary fifth grade and attend socio-economically various schools in the Samsun province These values take place in the curricula of Religious Culture and Moral Studies, Social Studies, Turkish, and Life Studies which were courses in effect since 2005-2006 education year. It is anticipated that this study will provide valuable information regarding the acquisition level of values taking place in the teaching programs. The results will help in coming up with the ways in which the primary school program can be made sustainable and developed further. To this end, a step-by-step approach has been followed: literature review, examining elementary school curricula to define common universal values, development and implementation of data collection tool, and evaluation of results. In this research, a survey in line with the elementary school curricula guide books was developed by the researcher and used to determine the value acquisition levels of the students. Regarding the values studied in this study, it has been found out that while the acquisition level of “honesty” does not vary according to the gender variable while the acquisition level of some items related to values such as “fairness, tolerance, respect, helpfulness” do. In addition, acquisition level of some items representing different values vary in terms of socio-economic level of students.
Primary curriculum, primary fifth grade, universal values, acquisition, value acquisition level, com