Gönül Sakız received her BSc degree in Biology Education from Dokuz Eylül University Buca Education Faculty in Izmir. She worked as a Biology teacher for four years in Istanbul. She received an International Graduate Study Scholarship granted by Turkish Ministry of National Education and completed her MA and PhD degrees in Elementary Education at the Ohio State University in USA. She currently works as a faculty member in the Department of Elementary Education at Marmara University Ataturk Faculty of Education in Istanbul. Her research interests include science education, self-regulated learning, pre-service and inservice teacher education, teacher-student relations, academic self-efficacy, academic emotions, academic motivation, and instructional methods in elementary education.