All college teachers want their courses to be relevant and provocative, and to encourage students to be more active learners of the discipline, participants in the academy, and citizens in the wider community. As teachers of composition, we first experimented with combining community service with classroom teaching because it promised to advance teaching aims we value, especially making connections between academic courses and community needs, and between cognitive thinking and ethical social action. And we continue with service-learning projects because our experience and students' responses suggest a significant degree of success in meeting those goals. But we are certainly not alone, as various community-based learning initiatives are under way across the disciplines, both at our university and nationwide.
Deans, Thomas and Meyer-Goncalves, Zan, "Service-Learning Projects in Composition and Beyond" (1998). Higher Education. 62.