A couple of years ago, this idea of compliance vs. engagement came in to play from an educational leadership standpoint. The implementation of a program for our staff was, in my eyes, compliance. Teachers would say, "Just tell me what you want me to do and I'll do it." Almost sounds like a kid. The teachers weren't looking to really delve in and read the research, or how it has been successful, they merely wanted to do what was being asked. Compliance.
When I came across this article by Brian Harris, I just had to pass it on. It's about providing environments for student engagement. Giving students the chance to be excited about their learning will make it more meaningful.
This link will take you to Bryan's website with other great ideas about student engagement.