Bachelor of Education, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 1981. Master of Education with honors, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 1996. Doctor of Philosophy, University Auckland, New Zealand, 2003.
Tertiary missioner Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Montreal, 1981—1983. English language tutor Languages International Ltd, Auckland, 1983—1985. Head, language support De La Salle College, Manukau City, 1986—1990, teacher, language support.
Assistant head english Tangaroa College, 1990—1991. Director studies Massey University English Language Centre, Auckland, 1991—1992. Dean international students Waitakere College, 1992—1996.
Researcher New Zealand Council Educational Research, Wellington, 1997—2000. Senior project manager University Auckland, 2000—2005, senior lecturer research methodology, since 2005.
Member session elder St. Martin's Presbyterian Church, Manukau City, 1986—1988. Member of American Psychological Association, International Test Commission, European Association Research and Learning Instruction, Assessment Tools Teaching and Learning, American Educational Research Association, National Council Measurement Education, International Reading Association, New Zealand Association Research Education.
Married Judith Margaret Valentine, August 4, 1979. Children: Iain Rae Edward, Anthony James Valentine, Kate Elizabeth, Heather Joy Margaret.