Diversity-related burnout among teachers

Moshe Tatar*, Gabriel Horenczyk

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"Diversity-related burnout" is put forward as a concept that can add to our understanding of the negative impact of the daily coping with culturally diverse students on teachers. A Principal Component Analysis, based on the responses of 280 teachers working at 30 Israeli schools, showed that diversity-related burnout is empirically distinguishable from, albeit correlated with, the more traditional notion of teacher burnout. Results also revealed that diversity-related burnout is predicted by variables related to the teacher's background (grade level and job role), to the degree of school cultural heterogeneity, and to aspects of the school organizational culture related to multiculturalism as perceived by the teacher. The highest levels of diversity-related burnout were found among teachers categorized as assimilationists and who work in schools perceived by them also to be assimilationist. Proactive and reactive approaches for preventing and reducing diversity-related burnout are suggested.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)397-408
Number of pages12
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2003

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was made possible by a grant from the Minerva Center for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, received by the first author.


  • Burnout
  • Diversity
  • Organizational culture
  • Teacher attitudes


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