At my school in France, we have a work to do on a whole year called "Défi Personnel" (Personal Challenge). We have to choose a subject that is not related to business (i'm in a business school) or any company's field and we have to think about it, meet outstanding people who can testify on this subject and step by step you make our own answer to the questions related to the subject you choose. A teacher follows you all year long to ask you the good questions on the work you do, shows you new point of view and so on.
For example, my subject was "Does self confidence can be taught?". So I met psychologists, professors, coaches, CEO reputed to be really self confident in order to answer to my question.
Finally, this work is really well evaluated because you have to write down all your discoveries, thoughts, steps in a notebook that you give to your teacher and also you discuss with him and a small group of classmates about your discoveries and in what you grown up.