Writer’s overload: A multifaceted concept and its clarification

Many problems student writers are faced with can be understood as writer’s overload, the inability to tackle the high and complex concurrent demands of the writing process. In the present paper, we spell out multiple notions of writer’s overload from the perspectives of cognitive, educational, and sociocultural psychology in order to provide faculty from all disciplines with some background to understand their students’ writing problems. Starting from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning approach, our aim is to provide teachers with ideas on how they can change crucial aspects of learning activities in their classes and of their teaching practice and study how this affects learning and writing in order to advance the teaching of writing.

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