Stephanie Chitpin


Stephanie Chitpin
Full Professor

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Stephanie Chitpin


Stephanie Chitpin is a Professor of Educational Leadership at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Chitpin’s principal contribution to leadership and to the professional development of principals rests on her rejection of the inductive method. She argues that knowledge is acquired by hypotheses deductively validated as “falsifiability criteria”. Her research funded by The Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and The Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada, are international in scope, and includes the analysis of the Objective Knowledge Growth Framework (OKGF) based on Sir Karl Popper’s critical rationalism, as a new tool for understanding principals’ decision-making.


Chitpin, S. (2021). Understanding decision-making in educational contexts: A case-study approach.

Potter, I. & Chitpin, S. (2020). Professional development and school leaders in England: Decision-making for social justice.

Chitpin, S. (2019). Confronting educational policy in neoliberal times: International perspectives.

Chitpin, S. (2019). Principal’s decision-making in bridging the student achievement gap


Understanding decision-making in educational contexts

Emeral Publishing, June 2, 2021

Why strong decision making matters in education

 uO Media, April 27, 2021

An Intellectual Journey: Sir Karl Popper and Me | Stephanie Chitpin

Youtube, November 8, 2020

La «révolution du bon sens» attaque à nouveau les écoles de l’Ontario — et les enseignants font à nouveau la grève

Le Droit, January 31, 2020

Mike Harris’s 'common sense' attack on Ontario schools is back — and so are teachers' strikes

The Conversation, January 21, 2020

Toronto school board says high-school students will not be affected by lower grades in January

The Globe and Mail - January 14, 2022

Fields of Interest

  • Decision-making in educational leadership
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Professional development
  • Epistemology
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