My son is in 5th grade and he has aspergers. He functions in mainstream education with extra assistance needed for some academic areas and social skills. He has started a new school which is piloting a new curriculum which I understand is complete PBL. I would like to know if there is any research which supports the idea that this type of instruction is a best practice for a student like my son. From what I have been able to understand, PBL requires the students to communicate with one another, work cooperatively, be organized and use critical thinking skills. If you were to list the areas of deficit for my son it would be just what I listed. He needs work in all of these areas, but in order for growth to occur there must be very close monitoring. He, and most kids with aspergers, prefer structure and order to their day. He is a rule oriented kid. He does not generalize well and is very literal in his understanding.
I can see many merits for PBL. However, I also think that the more traditional approach to teaching and learning also had merit. I do not think there is a one size fit all for teaching. As a parent of a child with special needs which also include AD/HD (have already read what you know about PBL and AD/HD) I have concerns. I need to know that there is legitimate support for this being the best environment for him. Any insight is appreciated.