Succeeding in College: the Work of Douglas Heath

May 22, 2012

The new book by Dan Chambliss and Christopher Takacs, How College Works, (I recently blogged about it here), put me in mind of work done a few decades ago by Haverford College psychologist Douglas Heath.

Heath, too, was interested in what leads some young adults to succeed and what leads others to do lkess well. And like Chambliss and Takacs, his research involved intensively following cohorts of young people.  One of those cohorts, by the way, was my Haverford College class of 1968.  I quickly opted out of the research.  IO just didn’t like taking the battery of psychological tests he was administering, and I don’t recollect ever hearing what he hoped to learn from the research.  Even without my assistance, he learned plenty of interesting things.

Here’s a short bibliography of the works Doug Heath and his wife Ann produced out of this line of research.  Notice the emphasis on maturity and character in a number of the titles.  And you’ll see some of them touch on what what makes Quaker education distinctive:

Explorations of maturity; studies of mature and immature college men, 1965
Growing up in college; liberal education and maturity, 1968
Why a Friends school? 1969
Humanizing schools: new directions, new decisions, 1971
Maturity and competence: a transcultural view, 1977
The peculiar mission of a Quaker school, 1979
Faculty burnout, morale, and vocational adaptation, 1981
Fulfilling lives: paths to maturity and success, 1991
Lives of hope: women’s and men’s paths to success and fulfillment, 1994
Schools of hope: developing mind and character in today’s youth, 1994

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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3 Responses to Succeeding in College: the Work of Douglas Heath

  1. Michael says:

    Doug’s wife’s name is Harriett Heath, PhD.

  2. S Flumerfelt says:

    Hi–Do you know Douglas Heath how I can contact Dr. Heath?

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