What If People Judge Me Unfairly: The Mediating Role of Fear of Negative Evaluation on the Relationship between Perceived Autonomy Support and Academic Risk-Taking Behaviour in Social Studies Courses

Servet Üztemur

Abstract


This paper aims to investigate the mediation role of fear of negative evaluation (FNE) in the relationship between perceived autonomy support (PAS) and academic risk-taking (ART) in the context of social studies course. A total of 339 middle school students from Turkey participated in the study. Data were collected through the Learning Climate Scale, Fear of Negative Evaluation in Academic Environments Scale, and Social Studies-Oriented Academic Risk-Taking Scale. Correlation results showed that PAS was negatively correlated with FNE and positively with ART. There was a negative correlation between FNE and ART. Structural equation model analyses showed that PAS predicted FNE negatively and ART positively. In addition, FNE predicted ART negatively. The partial mediation effect of FNE on the relationship between PAS and ART was significant. These results provide empirical evidence for the effect of self-determination theory (SDT) on affective characteristics such as ART and FNE.

Keywords: self-determination theory, perceived autonomy support, academic risk-taking, fear of negative evaluation, social studies, mediation


Keywords


social studies, self-determination theory, perceived autonomy support, academic risk-taking, fear of negative evaluation, mediation

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