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.



Professional development and school leaders in England: Decision-making for social justice (2020)

Ian Potter & Stephanie Chitpin

The paper identifies the professional development that leaders found to be most effective within their context. Leaders’ challenges are explored in relation to their efforts to reduce context-specific achievement gaps.

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Principal’s decision-making in bridging the student achievement gap (2019)

Stephanie Chitpin

The paper explores student achievement related decision-making processes of principals in Ontario. It also describes Ontario’s public education system with respect to neo-liberalism and student achievement.

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Why strong decision making matters in education

uO Media

April 27, 2021

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

Fields of Interest

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