|James Dean ("J.D.") Brown, is a professor in the ESL Department at the University of University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He has authored many books on language testing, curriculum design, program evaluation, research methods, and a summary of his publications is available at http://www2.hawaii.edu/˜7Ebrownj/. JD has also served on the editorial boards of the TESOL Quarterly, JALT Journal, and Language Testing as well as on the TOEFL Research Committee, and the Executive Board of TESOL and taught extensively in France, the People's Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Brazil, Venezuela, and the USA. This interview was conducted electronically in Sept. 2002.|
[ p. 9 ]I am also bothered by notions of critical language testing and other politically correct/trendy ideas that surfaced last year in a special issue of Language Testing. But then, that's probably just because I'm a hopelessly fossilized positivist, who (like most academics worldwide) still believes in the quaint old-fashioned idea called the scientific method. At the same time, I must admit that that was the only issue of Language Testing that I have ever read cover to cover, so obviously I found something of interest in each and every article.