Sociology Index


Streaming is the assigning of students to distinctive streams or programs within the education system. For example, a university bound stream and a vocational stream. While schools may think this assignment is based on the cognitive ability of students or on their special needs, sociologists have frequently shown that the assignment is based on social characteristics. Streaming provides the basis for a research programme extending beyond the field of education. The Real-time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) and the Real-time Transport Control Protocol (RTCP) were specifically designed to stream media over networks. The ability and the right to record streams has become a significant issue in the application of law to cyberspace.

Teacher Careers and Comprehensive Schooling: An Empirical Study 
George F. Riseborough. This paper is based on an investigation of a reorganized comprehensive school. Although in the tradition of the `new' sociology of education, it is critical of aspects of such an approach. This professional segmentation is linked with the streaming of children and the distribution of `stratified knowledge' within the school, which are seen to guarantee distinctive pupil identities and educational careers.

In conclusion, the suggestion is made that comprehensive schooling, as at this school, is a negation of the comprehensive principle. The term streaming is also used to describe multimedia that is continuously received by, and or displayed to, the end-user whilst it is being delivered by the provider. Most delivery systems are either inherently streaming as in radio or television, or inherently non-streaming as in books, news papers or audio CDs.