The pedagogy of alternation in Grenoble École de Management
This article describes the foundations for the work-study alternation program offered to students in second- and third-year university studies at Grenoble École de Management. A recent increase in alternation programs in this establishment led to a revision of the alternation modalities in effect for the past ten or so years, as well as to a reinforcement of pedagogical teams and to the creation of a pedagogical cell revolving around four major axes: to offer training better adapted to the needs of enterprises; to multiply links with the economic world and identify new training needs; to take stock of competencies acquired by the students; and to recognize and evaluate them. The author then goes on to explain how the educational paths are constructed. The content can be established based on a set of problems brought back from the enterprise by the alternating student, an a la carte formula can be selected where the student chooses the modules according to personal affinities and functions in the enterprise, or learning English can be on the schedule to meet the needs of enterprises in terms of personnel mobility not to mention the current efforts to expatriate students to foreign subsidiaries. Finally, the author briefly presents the results of a survey among enterprises that hire students in work-study programs, which was conducted to verify the basic data and to validate the decisions taken.
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