Summary of an article on Lean in Education:
(Using Lean in the Flipped Classroom for At Risk Students :
Flumerfelt, S. and Green, G., 2013. Using Lean in the Flipped Classroom for At Risk Students. Educational technology & society, 16(1), pp.356-366).
"Schools are striving to continuously challenge current instructional practices in order to produce improvement, not just change for change’s sake, but by engaging in value added improvement. The ability to engage in continuous improvement is a hallmark behavior for schools striving to achieve the vision of the 21st century school. Daggett and McNulty (2005) endorse these approaches to school reform as a continuous challenge to the status quo as follows, As the demands to raise standards have become steeper, schools tend to rely on tried-and-true curriculum content and teaching approaches. However, this old methodology was intended for an education system whose mission was to select and sort students, not to move all students to high levels of proficiency. (p. 13) In other words, as familiar and traditional models of instructional practice come under the lens of reform, schools must effectively engage in continuous improvement. This informed commentary has attempted to link extant literature regarding the need for continuous improvement, instructional improvement and instructional technology improvement as a theoretical basis for creating interest in the translational work of the use of lean as an improvement tool in the educational sector. Further, an example of one high school’s journey into continuous improvement and how value stream mapping was used to work through process improvement was presented. The academic achievement and behavioral referral improvements experienced in a pilot of flipped classroom instruction using screencast video technology were impressive. It is hoped that this modest example will prompt further scholarly evidence-based practice and research to inform the field regarding viable organizational approaches to school improvement that link theory with practice".