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THE INTERACTIVE LECTURING METHOD: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE STUDENTS

M. Šerić, M. Cuadrado García

University of Valencia (SPAIN)
The traditional one-way lecturing is no longer valid, despite numerous attempts of keeping it alive. The interactive lecturing method has emerged as an imperative among educational practitioners. Although this teaching practice has been frequently discussed in the context of Higher Education Institutions, students’ opinions regarding interactive classes have been rather neglected. This paper examines college students’ perceptions and beliefs related to interactive classes, in-class discussions and their outcomes. In doing so, an empirical research was undertaken among students of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Valencia in Spain. Data were collected during December, 2016 and January, 2017. A quantitative research method was performed for data analysis. Both Spanish and international students participated in this study, thus providing important implications on the international level. The results suggest that interactive lecturing should be an imperative for scholars/professors, although some differences were observed among students according to their nationalities.