Welcome to FIE 

At the Florida Institute of Education (FIE) at the University of North Florida, we believe that education at all levels, Prekindergarten through post-secondary, can be improved by working collaboratively with educators, children, families, and researchers. Through research, FIE seeks to inform policy and decision making, support early learning and 

PreK-12 educators, and positively impact families and communities in Florida.

FIE builds upon a rich body of research to advance learning in the following areas:

• Early and Emergent Literacy

• Social and Emotional Development

• Family Engagement

• Community-based After School Programs

• Technology in Education

• Strategic Coaching

• Program Evaluation and Research

Please use the links in the top menu bar to learn more about FIE.


News and Announcements



Dr. Carlson is teaching a small group lesson with 4-year olds
focusing on robotics and programming concepts using KIBO.

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FIE researchers, Stephanie Wehry, Deborah L. Carlson & Bronwyn McLemore,  
Heather Monroe-Ossi, Cheryl Fountain, and Madelaine Cosgrove authored five  
papers for publication in Innovations in Concept Mapping: A Springer Special  
Series Communications in Computer and Information Science Volume 635. 


Presentations of the papers - 7th International Concept Mapping Conference, 

September 5-9 Tallinn, Estonia


Using Concept Mapping to Assess 4- and 5-Year Old Children’s Knowledge in
the Robotics and Programming for Prekindergarten Project

The Teachers’ Voice: Using Photovoice and Concept Mapping to Evaluate an
Innovative Prekindergarten Robotics Program

The Teachers’ Voice: forming a Theoretical Framework combining a Prekindergarten
STEM Curriculum and a Learning Curriculum

Using Concept Mapping to Compare Intentionally Taught Outcomes with Actual
Outcomes of a Prekindergarten Robotics and Problem Solving Curriculum

Structural Equation Modeling (SEM): Simply a Rotated Concept Map


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  FIE is now on Twitter. Please follow us @fieunf. We post
information, educational policy research, and
  share knowledge 
regarding educational best practices, 

  reform efforts, and instructional strategies related to
  literacy as well as technology.


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  The Florida Institute of Education is now an open group on

  Linkedin. We invite you to join and share professional 

  resources related to educational reform, early childhood 
  education, literacy, family and school partnerships, 

  instructional technology, and collaborative networks.

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 UNF is a smoke-free campus.