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Pentti Hakkarainen (1944—2021) 40
Column: Memorable Dates
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On June 1, 2021, the International Children’s Day, the Finnish developmental and educational psycholo- gist Pentti Hakkarainen left this world. One of the most subtle connoisseurs of childhood, he focused his research on the play, and here he had more than just knowledge and understanding: a special feeling of childhood. Pentti honed and tuned this feeling as he studied and built the play together with the children, not caring about which of two participants — a child or an adult — create the zone of proximal development: both are creators when both develop!